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Optimizing workflow and accelerating mobility in healthcare could be as easy as ditching the desktop


By Pete Stafford

The great pendulum of progress continues to swing—both ways. It wasn’t too long ago that organizations relied on centralized compute resources and “dumb” terminals. But for most of the past 30 years, the pendulum has been swinging in the other direction.

The personal computer revolution pushed processing power and storage capacity to the desktop, enabling a host of advances—and complications—for organizations.

At the dawn of 2016, the pendulum has swung back, and IT leaders are again embracing centralized resources. Yesterday’s mainframes have been replaced by server racks, and terminals have morphed into thin clients, but the concept is the same: deliver data, applications, and user mobility to drive productivity to the end user.

Today, this architecture is broadly referred to as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and there are certain industries that stand to benefit more than others. Any organization that requires a mobile workforce and needs a high level of compliance will already know this.

The Healthcare industry is a prime example. Doctors, nurses, and technicians rarely stay in one place for long, yet they require immediate, secure access to patient data wherever they are on any device (BYOD). Sharing traditional, networked desktops means healthcare workers need to log in and out multiple times to get the data and services they need, wasting doctor and patient time while putting sensitive data at risk.

In contrast, VDI solutions offer security by design. Instead of healthcare professionals following their desktop from machine to machine, VDI changes the paradigm, allowing the desktop to follow the end user. Log in once, and hospital employees suddenly have seamless, secure access to patient data, relevant applications, and user preferences.

Because all the data, applications, and operating systems are being delivered from the data center, there is never a risk of sensitive data leaving the hospital, whether on a laptop or mobile device. The proposition of VDI also means software updates are pushed to thin clients without intensive, expensive, manual processes.

But for this all to work effectively, it has to be invisible to the end user. Doctors and technicians still need to feel like they’re using a responsive desktop machine. Introduce complexity or latency, and the idea of VDI starts losing its shine.

Achieving that kind of invisibility means choosing the right servers, storage, wired and wireless networking, endpoints, virtualization software, and a host of other moving parts. So how do you go about designing a solution that fits your organization?

Plenty of vendors will sell you individual infrastructure pieces. Plenty of others will offer you solutions based on flavor-of-the moment alliances. Others still will offer software solutions without the hardware.

What if there was a technology leader that could offer the entire solution—including assessment, services, Aruba for compliant access, and local partner support—to ensure your VDI solution excels for years to come? By partnering with HPE, you can accelerate the delivery of customized, virtual workspaces on all types of mobile and fixed client devices. HPE Client Virtualization for Healthcare solutions deliver advanced, proven infrastructure, expert consulting, integration, and implementation.

In fact, HPE is the only vendor capable of offering a complete, end-to-end client virtualization solution built with best-of-breed technology to reduce cost, risk, and time-to-implement.

With 50-plus years of bringing innovative solutions to the healthcare industry, HPE teams have delivered fully integrated, pre-tested client virtualization solutions to more than 500 companies, and globally deployed client virtualization solutions to more than 50,000 users.

Take advantage of proven methodologies, tools, and services to guide and accelerate the transition to client virtualization in your health system today.

Optimizing workflow and accelerating mobility in healthcare could be as easy as ditching the desktop

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