As hospitals, physicians groups and other healthcare providers expand their use of smartphones and tablets, they have unique security and privacy requirements far beyond those of general enterprises. Two Southern California companies – Nukona of San Diego and Integer Wireless of Newport Beach, Calif. – Wednesday announced a relationship designed to help healthcare organizations meet those needs quickly and cost-effectively.
According to the press release, Nukona's services – including private app stores and app-security "wrappers" – provide enterprises with end-to-end solutions for securing their mobile devices, the data on them and the networks to which they connect. Integer Wireless specializes in designing, building and optimizing in-building and campus-wide cellular and Wi-Fi networks that provide healthcare organizations with secure, HIPAA-compliant voice, data and video communications.
Announced at the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance's annual Convergence Summit in San Diego, the relationship will enable Nukona to quickly expand into the wireless healthcare market by leveraging Integer Wireless' expertise and its 16 years of relationships with hospital CIOs, IT managers and other decision-makers. Beginning immediately, Integer Wireless will include Nukona's mobile device applications management platform in its solutions portfolio.
Nukona also will be featured in the Integer Wireless Experience Center .
"For healthcare organizations, wireless is both an opportunity and a challenge," said John Clarey, Integer Wireless CEO. "Wireless provides new options for improving patient care, employee productivity and asset management, but the proliferation of mobile devices and network access points also creates security concerns. Nukona addresses those concerns by enabling healthcare providers to secure smartphone and tablet applications, and protect patient data every step of the way."
"During our beta phase, healthcare IT executives frequently said that Nukona solves a variety of problems created when their nurses and other staff began using smartphones and tablets," said Chris Perret, Nukona founder and CEO. "Integer Wireless was a natural choice for us because they specialize in secure, private, highly reliable cellular and Wi-Fi networks. This relationship gives healthcare providers a powerful new option for ensuring end-to-end security and privacy, from the app through the device and into the network."