Happy new year! Heading into 2012, many healthcare industry experts are saying this is the year where healthcare and mobility finally converge. It's a worthy goal–healthcare services are performed at many different locations (physician's office, specialist's office, hospitals, clinics, and so on), it's only natural to expect every provider to have access to patient data from nearly anywhere.
Tools like the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client
allow caregivers to access patient data on the go with iPad, and in their offices, hospitals and other clinical locations on PCs and thin clients. Security and mobility are key IT challenges for healthcare, and Oracle's desktop virtualization portfolio was designed specifically with these tenets in mind.
As a great example, have a look at how Medical University of South Carolina is using Oracle desktop virtualization to improve efficiency in clinical documentation.
To ensure security of patient data, medical organizations require caregivers to login and out of their sessions as they move from location to location. However, this log in/out process when done natively with Microsoft Windows can be extremely time consuming. Especially since clinical PCs need to be thoroughly protected from computer viruses and other nefarious activities. This usually requires running fairly heavyweight scanning/protection software, which naturally do the bulk of their work on login.
Enter the virtual desktop metaphor and things change quite a bit. With desktop virtualization, the caregiver's desktop runs continually on a server in the data center. As the physician or nurse move between locations, they simply login to their already running desktop and resume working right where they left off. This can be done with username and password, and depending on the level of protection required, can be extended to include smart card based access or other higher security authentication systems. Security scans can even be set to run when it's likely the desktop won't be actively used (off shift) to further increase performance and productivity when a caregiver is online.
It's truly a revolutionary way to access patient data and we're pleased to see customers like Medical University of South Carolina utilizing Oracle to meet their healthcare IT challenges.
Also, stay tuned for more information on an upcoming webcast we'll be having on this topic in February.