VA staff are currently limited to using only BlackBerry smart phones, with more than 20,000 employees using BlackBerry devices. VA staff will be able to access encrypted e-mail as well as securely view certain patient data on iPads and iPhones.
“There are a ton of medical applications that have been developed in the private sector for those devices,” VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker said according to Bloomberg. “There’s a demand for those from our clinicians.”
Bloomberg reports the BlackBerry has been the federal agencies’ smartphone of choice since 2001 because of its security features. Government workers have since gravitated towards the iPhone and devices using Google’s Android software.