Just what the Doctors ordered for the Health Care Industry

IDpendant - eHealth

Today, all experts agree on one thing: sophisticated information technology is the key to the future of the health care industry. Swift access to data and secure IT systems play an increasingly important role, second only to the provision of the very best medical services to patients. 

Many people would like to see these existing cards used for additional functions, especially access to IT systems (logical access). Single Sign On (SSO) is on top of everybody's wish list, since it would make a dream come true: it would make the almost unmanageable amount of passwords a thing of the past. 

Single Sign On: farewell to passwords

With Single Sign On, users will only have to remember on single PIN. Until now, users often had to remember numerous password. For security reasons, many hospitals now require users to select more complex passwords. However, users tend to write these passwords down, thus creating a security risk. Other people forget them and ask the helpdesk to reset the password, which results in substantial costs. The so-called "strong authentication" requires users to both have the smartcard and to know the PIN, thereby ensuring a high degree of data security.

The good news for all those favoring this solution: thanks to standard products, SSO solutions can be seamlessly integrated into exisiting infrastructure within just a few days while keeping the costs low. IDpendant offers Single Sign On solutions by manufacturers who meet hospital's special requirements for strong authentication.

Session Roaming: when duty calls, the session comes along

Session Roaming provides for maximum flexibility and mobility in hospitals. When a doctor is working on a PC at a specific ward, but is urgently called away to another ward, all he has to do is pull the card from the card reading device and insert it into the reading device at the other ward to continue the "old" session on the PC in the new ward. SSO, used in conjunction with a Citrix enviroment, makes the so-called "travelling user" a reality, providing substantial advantages for everybody involved in the process.

Mobile Device Management: Security for smartphones and tablets

More and more physicans and medical staff are carrying paperless medical files around with them. Tablet PCs and smartphones are increasingly augmenting and replacing the classical medical record - for a good reason. In a hospital there are many opportunities to increase effiency with mobile device applications: e.g. dictation on the smartphone, mobile access to patient files and X-rays or monitoring temperature or blood glucose. For this type of application there are tried and tested apps. The decentralized availability of patient data at the hospital bed is referred to as an "eVisit". The IT departements of hospitals are faced with new challenges, accompanied for a number or questions: How can employee's access authorization be effectively limited to the areas assigned to him/her? What possibilities exist for central monitoring by the IT hospital administration of adherence to security an compli-ance regulations? How can security maintained when physicans work on theri own devices, e.g. smartphones, in the hospital? How can a device be centrally blocked when it is lost or stolen?

The answer to all these questions is: Mobile Device Management. The solutions of IDpendant offer userfriendly operation with conforming to the most stringent and flexibly adaptable security structures of clear-cut access management. MDM is likewise ideally suited to the bring-your-own-device-trend. It makes no difference whether an employee works in the hospital with an iPhone or an Android tablet-PC. 

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