So why did IBM resort to banning Siri on their corporate networks? It is because of the way Siri works, and the concern about privacy and security. When you talk to Siri or dictate in to the phone, your voice data input is recorded and sent to Apple servers where it is converted to text form. Apple reserves the right to store this information on its servers in their data center.
As per Apple’s end-user agreement:
"By using Siri or Dictation, you agree and consent to Apple's and its subsidiaries' and agents' transmission, collection, maintenance, processing, and use of this information, including your voice input and User Data, to provide and improve Siri, Dictation, and other Apple products and services."
IBM clearly feels that having their confidential and proprietary information on Apple servers is clearly not a good idea and hence has resorted to banning Siri on their corporate networks.
So now let us apply this to a healthcare setting. Any healthcare provider using Siri or Dictation to reply to a text or email can inadvertently transmit confidential patient information to Apple servers wherein they reside for who knows how long and used in whatever fashion Apple feels like to improve their product.
It is not advisable to use texting or email without encryption and is a HIPAA violation. Having simple clearly documented policies for appropriate cell phone usage will not only ensure the security and privacy of patient information, but it will also protect your practice from any potential HIPAA violations. Consequences of patient data loss is not something that your practice needs to deal with.