VDI enables users to access desktop environments, hosted on remote servers, via a broadband network. It offers a more centralized computing strategy that makes it much easier for IT admins to manage, compared with PCs,
It also offers quicker access for clinicians as it allows providers to get into their applications (notably EMR) a lot faster.
VDI uses what are called zero-client devices, which are devices that gets its information from a server instead of storing information on a computer hard drive. These devices can be put anywhere and health care entities do not have to worry about data being on a local computer and possible theft or breach of that data. They are also less expensive than deploying PCs.
VDI can also play a significant role relative to a single sign on (SSO) solution, creating a more efficient workflow while also ensuring security is maintained. This not only relieves the burden of multiple passwords but also allows providers to roam around and take their work with them from room to room, without losing their place.
Creating a more efficient workflow is critical to hospitals and clinics in terms of improving security and increasing quality of care and provider productivity. VDI with an SSO solution creates stronger security and ensures HIPAA standards for patient privacy by preventing the need to write down or share passwords, and providing instantaneous, automatic user lock-out of systems when clinicians leave a terminal or workstation.
VDI with SSO is a win/win for physicians and patients. Physicians can enjoy the flexibility and convenience of mobility as they can access information from anywhere with one password. Since physicians and staff are less distracted trying to remember passwords, patients get the benefit of more dedicated attention.
Mr. Brown brings extensive experience building companies and leading sales, operations and service organizations in technology and healthcare. He is the Executive Director of HealthNet connect and CEO of HNcBNc.
The views and opinions on this blog are my own.