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VMware Desktop Virtualization Helps Healthcare Providers Improve Patient Care
Date:2/6/2008

ity Act (HIPAA) mandates the security and privacy of health data.

Kindred Healthcare increases caregiver mobility with VMware

Kindred Healthcare is the largest post-acute healthcare provider in the U.S. with approximately 230 nursing centers, more than 80 long-term acute care hospitals and more than 35,000 licensed beds. Kindred needed a better way for its nursing and physician staff to easily access patient data while complying with HIPAA requirements. Kindred deployed VMware virtual desktops on wireless thin clients, mounted on rolling carts. This has enabled caregivers to enter and access medical information securely at the bedside, while letting IT centrally manage patches and upgrades, control access to sensitive data, reduce hardware costs, and provide better patient support.

"Our medical staff needs the flexibility to move around the point of care, without being hampered by cumbersome PCs," said Rob Rhodes, technical consultant at Kindred Healthcare. "Our 'Workstation on Wheels' solution, using VMware virtual desktops on thin clients, can run on a single charge all day long, giving doctors, nurses and clinicians unfettered bedside mobility without interrupting access to patient data and care information."

Huntsville Hospital meets compliance demands with VMware

Huntsville Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital in Huntsville, Alabama with more than 900 licensed beds, has a similar challenge. As a quickly growing organization in a highly regulated industry, Huntsville was looking for a way to enhance the manageability and compliance of its desktop computing infrastructure, while engaging more seamlessly with the community of referring doctors in the surrounding region.

The hospital needed to roll out a new, powerful medical information application throughout its network, while protecting HIPAA-related data.

Deploying hosted desktops on VMware, the hospital was able to increase their desktop deployment agility, lock
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