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Written by Mariela Lopez-Ponce, Product Management Director, Imprivata In todays rapidly evolving workplace we are witnessing the rise of an increasing...

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|Feb 15|magazine7 min read

Written by Mariela Lopez-Ponce, Product Management Director, Imprivata

In today’s rapidly evolving workplace we are witnessing the rise of an increasingly digital age where pen and paper have been replaced by PCs, computers on wheels (COWs) and laptops, and the use of tablet computers and smartphones is beginning to revolutionise the way caregivers treat patients.  With the right tools, doctors and nurses are now able to work off site or on-the-go, regardless of the actual physical location of their patients’ records, applications and clinical data which they need in order to do their jobs in the most efficient and effective way possible.

For busy and mobile healthcare staff, immediate access to this critical data is a game changer and a major driver for adoption of mobile devices in their daily work lives. For example, clinicians on home visits would be able to access patient files, compile notes and update records while on-the-move, instead of writing these actions down on paper and entering them into a stationary PC upon returning to the hospital. Of course, this has workflow benefits, but also importantly promotes data accuracy, as it limits the number of times that information is transferred and ensures that data is updated real-time. For organisations like the NHS in the UK, which need to be agile and flexible to meet patient needs, working on-the-go is a great example of how technology has become integral to meeting ever-changing business demands.

However, whilst mobile devices can certainly improve workflow, we have all seen enough news on data breaches to understand the challenges around security, compliance and governance that this new era raises. Innovative yet simple solutions which provide secure access to applications and data are therefore an essential management tool for an increasingly mobile workforce. To accomplish this, mobile devices can now be secured by newagentless security software. These tools do not require software to be downloaded or installed on a device, and can be combined with strong authentication platforms, such as smartcards, tokens, or PhoneFactor for an extra layer of security. This provides an effective and simple way of securing mobile devices whilst also permitting fast, convenient access to applications for remote and mobile users.

With budgets tight, clinician efficiency has become more important than ever and mobile IT solutions have been cited as a key way to improve the speed and effectiveness of day-to-day practices for clinical staff.  Streamlined healthcare workflows promise patient service improvements which remain at the centre of all NHS business and IT goals and ultimately allow for a more cost effective business. Solutions, like Imprivata’s OneSign Anywhere, which enable staff to work securely on the go, bring healthcare organisations ever closer to the goal of achieving a secure, efficient and compliant workforce.

Imprivata Product Manager, Pieter-Jan Boone, gives a demonstration of Imprivata One Sign:

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