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Mobile devices driving healthcare desktop virtualization growth

The number of server-hosted virtual desktops in healthcare is up 39% compared to last year, and server-based computing is up 23%. Furthermore, 30% of 211 IT leaders responding to a survey from Imprivata indicated that they are using cloud computing today, up from 9% at this time last year.

That’s the overarching trend from the healthcare identification and security vendor’s third annual healthcare desktop virtualization survey, released at the VMworld trade show in San Francisco.

Among the other, more detailed findings:

  • Organizations are using a variety of different endpoint devices for their virtualized environments; adoption rates of thin and zero clients are increasing rapidly, driven by tablets and smartphones as endpoint devices.
  • The combined use of single sign-on and strong authentication technology in virtualized environments is increasing: almost half of respondents use both.
  • The use of cloud-based services and applications is growing, but 71% of healthcare organizations currently using cloud computing work with just one or two vendors.
  • 16% healthcare organizations that use cloud computing services do not have HIPAA business associate agreements in place with all of their vendors.
  • Security fears remain the primary reason healthcare organizations eschew cloud services. But 17% indicates the primary reason they won’t use them was because cloud services vendors do not offer HIPAA business associate agreements.

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