Richard Yonis, Executive Producer for EHRtv, had the pleasure of speaking with Fraser Edward, Manager, Market Development – Healthcare at Research In Motion, at HIMSS 2010.  Specifically, they had the opportunity to discuss RIM and how they are helping providers with communication and remote connectivity issues. 

BlackBerry adoption has dramatically increased as technology, according to Fraser, is now “fun and functional”.  Voice and text are now being used together to further the use and effectiveness of the BlackBerry solution.  Fraser expressed that much of the success and adoption of BlackBerry was based on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server’s successful password and encryption technology which helps enable BlackBerry smartphone use in a HIPPA compliant environment.  The BlackBerry enterprise solutions’ ability to manage privacy allow HIT vendors to deploy their solutions easily.  RIM’s products are gentle on network bandwidth, making them extremely friendly to HIT.  

According to Fraser, RIM is experiencing great success with its recent project affiliation with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), through which doctors are receiving important patient information directly on their BlackBerry smartphones.  The ability of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server to support multiple enterprise solutions for messaging, PBX and on-demand access to EHR data increases vendor and provider utilization, bringing technology and communication together for the benefit of the patient.