VMware Gives Health Care Prescription
With approximately 900 beds and a network of referring physicians spread out
geographically in the region, desktop management and troubleshooting was
extremely difficult, said Tony Wilburn, a network specialist at
However, the VDI significantly has reduced the time it takes to manage and troubleshoot users' PCs and allows referring physicians to access the centralized patient data via a Web browser, Wilburn said. "We no longer need to dispatch techs out across the county to deal with problems [that] doctors encounter on the client devices," said Wilburn.
With a VDI, caregivers can access any necessary patient information from any physical machine. Because doctors don't have to go far from a patient's bedside to access their medical information, patients are treated more quickly and get more accurate, higher-quality patient care.
The VDI also allows hospitals to centralize patient data into a single data center, giving administrators a much higher degree of control over who can access patient records.
Wilburn noted that storing patient data in the data center, rather than on
user machines, helps
Virtualization also helps secure information from physical theft, which is a significant compliance challenge for health care organizations.
"If someone stole a PC off the registration desk, there's a good chance
they'd get patient information. If they grab one of our thin clients,
they get a doorstop," said Shawn Scott, a network specialist at