An NHS trust has had to limit its new bring your own device (BYOD) scheme because the licensing costs it faces are so high.
South Devon NHS Trust introduced the scheme in a bid to help staff retain data without having to print it out, part of an initiative to eventually go paperless.
However, issues with the cost imposed by Microsoft have meant only 60 out of 10,000 staff members are taking part.
Speaking to Computer World, IT operations manager David Hayes said the original plan was to have far more staff involved.
He commented: “Microsoft licensing costs were very much a burden. We’re seriously looking to see how we can achieve our business needs at the best price.”
Mr Hayes explained that the Trust already uses around 350 Apple devices, including iPod Touches and iPads, but these need to be used in conjunction with devices that are enabled with “NHS-level security”.
For these reasons, the Trust will seek a resolution of its dealings with Microsoft to expand its use of BYOD.