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Dell Services Collaborating with VMware and Other Partners to Deliver a Mobile Clinical Computing Solution to MEDITECH Users

Dell Services has launched a Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC) solution for hospitals and health care organizations that use the MEDITECH Health Care Information System, enabling a simplification and automation of IT operations. The solution leverages VMware View and Forward Advantage im-one API management with Imprivata OneSign Single Sign-On (SSO) technology to help deliver secure virtual desktop solutions for healthcare enterprises.   

Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC) for MEDITECH is based on a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) that is designed for fast, flexible deployment of virtual desktops in hospitals and their extended communities. The design includes VMware vSphere and VMware View as well as servers, optimized storage, networking, and security in a reference architecture that can be tailored to meet customer needs.

Dell works collaboratively with customers to develop a custom design and deployment plan that works best for them. Customers have the option of integrating the model into their existing data center technology or operating in the Dell Services cloud technology model. Key elements of the solution include VMware View's management of roaming sessions along with convenient access through Imprivata's OneSign application and Forward Advantage's API integration with the MEDITECH HCIS for utilizing advanced authentication devices for e-signature actions.

An additional benefit of the MCC for MEDITECH solution is that the virtual desktop is designed to eliminate the need for local storage, helping to dramatically reduce the risk of a security breach and the resulting consequences for the organization. This feature can be important given the recent strengthening of HIPAA rules by the HITECH Act.

“Managing clinical and administrative desktops is one of our biggest issues. By implementing MCC for MEDITECH, we hoped to reduce our help desk calls for our PC clients as well as provide remote access for the physician offices. By deploying virtual desktops and implementing a solution that simplifies and automates IT operations, we have resolved many of these challenges.” -- Patrick von Wiegen, Information Systems, Yukon Hospital Corporation

“One of the top pain points for virtually every healthcare CIO involves managing clinical and administrative desktops. PC client issues strain otherwise carefully-deployed healthcare enterprise applications and can hinder adoption of advanced clinical software. Deploying secure virtual desktops can resolve many of these challenges by utilizing VMware View™ to create a desktop and application design that simplifies and automates IT operations, while also reducing the risk of security breaches that plague local storage.” -- Peter Stone, vice president and general manager of the MEDITECH Solutions Group within Dell Services

“Through our partnership with Dell Services, we are helping healthcare organizations achieve a ‘meaningful use’ level for their electronic medical records deployments that encourages technology adoption and facilitates workflows attractive to clinicians. Working together to fully integrate and optimize an always-on, point-of-care desktop environment for MEDITECH, VMware and Dell can significantly improve caregiver workflows and help organizations facilitate better patient care.” -- Christopher Young, vice president and general manager, End User Computing, VMware

“Secure virtual desktops are particularly advantageous in healthcare, where users are heavily-reliant on roaming sessions, fast workflows, and shared workstations. With MCC for MEDITECH we are changing the way doctors and nurses access data by providing “one touch” secure roaming for fast access to patient information at their fingertips – from any workstation or thin client.” -- Barry Chaiken, MD, CMO, Imprivata

Published Monday, April 11, 2011 5:22 PM by David Marshall
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