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Imprivata Rolls Out Desktop Virtualization For Healthcare

Vendor pairs its single sign-on technology with VMware to provide physicians with fast remote access to data.

Imprivata unveiled new products and partnerships, focused on virtualization, mobility and workflow adaptability at the Health Information and Management Systems Society conference in Orlando on Monday.

Imprivata's new OneSign Virtual Desktop Access helps healthcare providers implement desktop virtualization. It works with Dell's Mobile Clinical Computing platform using VMware View.

Together VMware View and OneSign Virtual Desktop Access give doctors and nurses remote access to their desktops as they move around the hospital, making patient health information available wherever they are. OneSign lets clinicians securely and quickly reconnect to previous sessions using single sign-on and facial recognition technology.

Single sign-on and authentication are integrated into the workflows, said Ed Gaudet, chief marketing officer at Imprivata. Physicians often tell us that our technology saves them clicks, and that's at the heart of OneSign: "the notion of no click access--without clicks or passwords, the physician can get into their system, using it in ways that support their workflow."

Gaudet said he observed a physician recently trying to access a system at a clinic. It took the doctor three attempts--more than 30 seconds--to get into a system. "Now imagine multiplying that by the number of times he has to get into the system, Gaudet said. "Some of our customers have noted productivity improvements, saving them anywhere between 40 and 50 minutes per day."

The technology also enhances security, locking records when a physician walks away and using facial recognition technology unlock the record when he or she returns. This ensures the correct physician is in the right patient's record, Gaudet said. "If the organization doesn't have this technology, they might be leaving records open, or worse, the wrong patient's record is open.”

Imprivata also announced the integration of its SSO and authentication software with Epic’s authentication application programming interface.

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