The health care industry is one that is continually adopting new technologies for both their protection and for improved patient care. Many of these technology improvements have to do with software, devices, or security. All of this technology has continued to grow and change over time. According to Brian Madden, desktop virtualization expert, one in particular that has made leaps and bounds recently is the implementation of user-environment, management systems—this technology has grown and changed in order to suit user needs, especially in the health care field.

The newest technology boom to hit the health care industry are “Next-Generation Desktops”, says Liquidware Labs, Inc. Today’s world of health care is getting increasingly more mobile. Many who work in this field access their respective system on a variety of different devices—on and off site. The company must have a system in place that can both maintain the high fluctuation of user location and device and must be able to recognize users by their role in order to grant them access to the resources they need. Controls must be in place for users logging in on personal devices in order to limit their access to HIT systems.

In order for all of this functionality to be available to users, it is crucial that the data entered be stored in a centralized bank where it can be backed up and protected. A user environment management (UEM) software is what most companies deploy in order to manage secure user access to their IT System resources. This UEM software enables users to log in and have a unique “user personality”, so that they receive only their personal data after login. These login practices are essentially “on-demand” as they can be accessed from anywhere. A workspace that can follow health care personnel and can be accessed on a variety of devices anywhere, anytime is enabled by UEM systems.

According to Liquidware, the demand for these “next-generation, flexible workspace environment[s]” are only continuing to grow, so “Healthcare IT staff are increasingly turning to desktop virtualization technologies including user profile and environment management, application layering and user experience monitoring and diagnostics solutions.” These improvements all improve the hospital flow, the handling of patients, and the efficiency of the hospital staff.

“The healthcare industry is benefitting from [these systems] in order to create flexible, follow-me desktops, not only providing clinicians with mobile workspaces for anytime/anywhere/any device access, but also enhancing the accuracy and security of patient data,” claims Liquidware. If you are in the world of healthcare, it is time for you too to consider implementing a UEM system, and if you already have one, it’s time to see if it is working at peak performance for you. These measures are not only for your clients protection, but for your safety as well—for staying off of the HIPAA Wall of Shame.

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