Imprivata's authentication software and Teradici's remote-display protocol allow "no-click" log-ins to VMware's servers on zero client hospital monitors.
Later this year, doctors will be able to use an authentication badge that incorporates Teradici zero client firmware,
Imprivata's OneSign authentication technology and VMware's new backend View 5
software to roam from one virtualized desktop to another.
With Teradici's PC-over-IP (PCoIP) firmware and remote client chip,
Imprivata's OneSign authentication technology will allow doctors
to swipe a card to log in to remote desktops.
PCoIP zero clients are remote cloud-based PCs that lack a CPU,
applications, OS, device drivers, fan or hard drive. The clients are
optimized for real-time data and high-quality imaging while pulling the
data from the host.
Imprivata and Teradici announced the collaboration at the VMworld
conference on Aug. 29 in Las Vegas, where they along with customers such as Dell
and EMC will demonstrate the authentication technology.
"Health care has been waiting for this next-generation evolution in
networking protocols between connecting the thin client and their
hosted applications," David Ting, CTO for Imprivata, told eWEEK.
"The combination of VMware View 5, PCoIP zero clients and Imprivata
OneSign enables clinicians to get the right information, in the
right place, at the right time, with fast, simple, secure access,"
Vittorio Viarengo, vice president of end-user computing for VMware,
said in a statement.
On remote desktops, doctors will be able to log in to documents such
as X-rays, echocardiograms and electronic health records (EHRs), which
detail patient histories.
"No Click Access is becoming the de facto standard for busy
clinicians with fast-paced mobile workflows," Ed Gaudet, chief
marketing officer for Imprivata, said in a statement. "Our customers
were quick to embrace
one-touch roaming point of care desktops and have been eagerly
anticipating this extension to zero client devices."
With virtualization, hospitals are also able to save money on expensive data center hardware, according to Ting.
"Hospitals and health care in general have adopted the notion of
using thinner clients, putting all of the applications back on a
server and leveraging the network to deliver the desktop experience to
essentially smaller and smaller endpoints," Ting told eWEEK.
Storing data on a centralized server can lead to less data theft in hospitals, he noted.
"Secure remote access is one of the primary reasons customers are
moving to a zero client model," Dan Cordingley, president and CEO of
Teradici, said in a statement. "With the addition of OneSign single
sign-on and authentication to PCoIP zero clients, health care providers
will now be able
to enjoy secure remote access using proximity cards."
Doctors can save time logging in to each terminal in exam rooms by
using the No Click Access proximity badge. Companies that make the
badge include Casi-Rusco, HID, Indala and Mifare.
"With the roaming experience that's possible now,
doctors can go to a thin client, log in, get access to their desktop,
shut down that desktop, walk to the next room and reconnect to their
server again and
basically get to where they were when they closed down the desktop with
the previous patient."
Physicians will use the authentication tool by waving a badge
over a reader, then logging in automatically to their zero clients, which
communicate with Imprivata's OneSign software through a VMware-hosted session.
"You can just literally tap and go," Ting said.
"The fewer the clicks, the more streamlined the workflow and the greater
the productivity for that clinician."
"The OneSign system provides the user identity to the VMware-hosted
session and unlocks that session, and instantly the doctor is
reconnected," Ting explained.
In June, the Ponemon Institute released an Imprivata-sponsored report, called "How Single Sign-On Is Changing
Healthcare," showing that single
sign-ons to EHRs could save hospitals $2 million each per year.
In the future, instead of swiping a badge, doctors will be
able to sign on to the zero clients with their fingerprints, Ting said.