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Adoption of Server Hosted Virtual Desktops in EMEA Healthcare Industry Expected to Increase 74 Percent within 24 Months, Surpassing U.S., according to Imprivata Report

Imprivata, a leading global provider of healthcare IT security solutions, today announced its 2013 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare: A Global Perspective report, which surveys healthcare IT decision makers in the U.S. and EMEA about adoption rates and benefits of desktop virtualization and cloud-based applications. According to the study, server based computing (SBC) and server hosted virtual desktops (SHVD) are prevalent in the U.S. and EMEA healthcare industries, with adoption of both technologies expected to increase. This is especially the case in EMEA, where respondents anticipate that SHVD adoption will grow by 74 percent over the next 24 months and surpass SHVD usage in the U.S. in that timeframe.

In addition to desktop virtualization, the Imprivata survey also asked healthcare organizations about current and planned adoption of cloud computing. The results indicate that although the majority of U.S. and EMEA respondents do not use cloud-based applications and services today, the use of cloud computing is expected to increase by 57 percent in the U.S. and by 88 percent in EMEA over the next 24 months.

Additional key findings from the survey include:

  • In the U.S., 75 percent of respondents use SBC today and 57 percent use SHVD today. In EMEA, 84 percent of respondents use SBC today and 42 percent use SHVD today.
  • A mixed use of both SBC and SHVD is commonplace in healthcare in the U.S. and EMEA, and while this trend is expected to continue in both markets, EMEA respondents anticipate a more rapid increase than the U.S. over the next 24 months (61 percent growth in EMEA compared to 21 percent in the U.S.).
  • Just 24 percent of respondents in the U.S. and EMEA report that more than half their users are using SHVD today. However, deployment is expected to increase substantially over the next 24 months, when 43 percent of U.S. respondents and 58 percent of EMEA respondents anticipate that more than half their employees will be using SHVD.
  • Healthcare organizations in the U.S. and EMEA use a variety of different endpoint devices for SBC and SHVD, with adoption rates of thin and zero clients expected to increase rapidly and tablets and smartphones emerging as endpoint devices for desktop virtualization.
  • Today, fewer than 30 percent of healthcare organizations in the U.S. and EMEA use cloud-based applications and services, but over the next 24 months, the use of cloud computing is expected to increase by 57 percent in the U.S. and by 88 percent in EMEA.
  • Of those respondents that use cloud services today, 41 percent of U.S. respondents indicate that they store protected health information (PHI) in the cloud, which is far more commonplace than in EMEA (17 percent). This trend is expected to continue, as 67 percent of U.S. respondents using cloud services expect to be storing PHI in the cloud within 24 months, compared to just 33 percent of EMEA respondents.

To download the complete 2013 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare: A Global Perspective report, click here. Imprivata is also available to discuss the results of this survey—as well as to demonstrate its leading single sign-on (SSO) and authentication management solutions to enable fast, secure No Click Access to virtual desktops—in booth E502 at this week’s VMworld 2013 conference in Barcelona, Spain.

Published Tuesday, October 15, 2013 6:48 PM by David Marshall
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