Sheffield Children's Hospital deploys bedside virtual desktops

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust has deployed a bedside virtual desktop system to allow staff...

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust has deployed a bedside virtual desktop system to allow staff to access patient records and other medical data.

ANS Group and Quest Software have partnered to provide the system to the trust. The technology will serve up to 2,000 users, allowing medical staff to access patient records securely and efficiently at their desktop and at the bedside.

The trust said the system will enable efficiencies in working practice, leading to cost savings and improved security practices.

The SmartiD authentication solution, developed by ANS Group, combined with Quest vWorkspace, provided by the Desktop Virtualisation Group of Quest Software (formerly Provision Networks), will enable NPfIT card users to seamlessly access NHS national applications through the virtualised desktop.

Users can access their corporate desktop from any terminal in the hospital, including bedside entertainment units, only available when the NPflT smartcard is inserted.

The desktop can then automatically revert back to the generic workstation or entertainment system once the card is removed. The terminals will not hold any patient data once the smartcard is removed, eliminating the risk of data theft.

"The scheme has been high on the trust's desirable developments list for some time and could dramatically transform current patient record systems if rolled out nationally," said Russell Banks, head of IT at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust.

He said, "The solution will allow medical and nursing staff to increase the time they spend on patient care, giving patients more of the individual attention they require by reducing the need to log in and out of numerous systems.

"Other benefits include the reduction of the endless administrative paper trail, freeing up revenue which can now be invested into other areas of improving patient care."

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