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Revolutionize Healthcare with the new HP Mobile Care Reference Architecture

By:  Pete Brey, HP Worldwide Solutions Marketing Manager


I’m an athlete. What’s worse is I’m a middle-aged athlete. I have sports-induced injuries. Lots of them. And while my conditions don’t warrant extensive care or hospital visits, I can certainly say I’ve spent a fair amount of time in doctors’ offices over the last 12 months.


What amazes me the most is how dependent our current healthcare system is upon paper forms and manual processes. Sure, some providers are more advanced than others when it comes to computerized patient care. And to be fair, it is a complex undertaking to computerize patient records – integrating multiple disparate systems for health records and digital imaging – not to mention having to wade through a complex web of regulatory and compliance requirements.


Wouldn’t it be great if your doctor or nurse had all the information they needed at their fingertips, anytime and anywhere?


Of course, in order for the doctor to retrieve my information anytime on any device, the data has to reside on a secure, always-available infrastructure.  That’s why today’s announcement of the NEW HP Mobile Care Reference Architecture certified with the VMware AlwaysOn  is important for not only for physicians and medical IT departments, but also for people like me wanting better, faster medical care.


What’s the problem?


At HP we believe that modernizing aging and inefficient healthcare infrastructure is one of the most important drivers to improving healthcare; however, that is easier said than done.


Around the world, healthcare organizations face the daunting task of modernizing their processes and infrastructure. Converting all patient records and healthcare information to a digital format promises to reduce medical errors, enhance collaboration between health teams, and improve medical outcomes.  But hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare companies face major challenges building a complex solution to meet not only their requirements, but also the rapidly approaching deadline for proving to the U.S. government their commitment to improving patient care.


However, the reality is that clinicians find these new systems complex and frustrating.


For example: 

  • Clinicians are often forced to use shared desktops in shared offices to order tests, check patients’ records, and write prescriptions; this can be an inefficient and time-consuming process.
  • Not all healthcare organizations support mobility and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, which enable a follow me architecture so clinicians can efficiently access patient information on mobile devices anywhere.
  • Security must be guaranteed; a single breach can compromise personal health information and can cost millions of dollars in fines.
  • Medical staff cannot easily and efficiently transfer application sessions between patient rooms, doctors’ offices and clinics. 


What’s the HP Solution?


To overcome these barriers to better healthcare—as well as improve the user experience and increase patient/doctor face-time—HP leverages VMware’s AlwaysOn Point of Care solution to deliver a reference architecture for a follow-me clinical desktop infrastructure. 


This comprehensive end user computing solution has what it takes to turn the promise of healthcare transformation into a reality by:

  • Significantly improving clinical infrastructure flexibility
  • Delivering more effective care at the bedside through quicker and more accurate diagnoses
  • Ensuring medical applications are always on, even in the face of disasters
  • Enhancing security for critical patient data—ensuring personal health information is protected using end-point devices and thin clients with built-in security features.


Ultimately we believe this new reference architecture will contribute to reduced healthcare costs and improved clinician productivity; goals that top the list of priorities among healthcare providers.


Which technologies are in the solution?


The reference architecture integrates HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP BladeSystems, HP Networking, and HP Thin Clients and Slate tablets for clinical end user computing workloads, together along with industry-leading technologies from our partners:

  • VMware Horizon View
  • Imprivata and HealthCast Single Sign On and Tap and Go
  • F5 Networks Big IP


What are the primary benefits?


From the clinician’s point of view, primary benefits include:

  • Faster access to clinical information, saving time on patient rounds and improving the patient care experience, even at bedside
  • Reduced time to launch medical applications
  • Ability to use whatever end user computing device is at hand to access patient information
  • Increased savings of up to 30 minutes per clinician per day on average by using a single user id and password


From the IT organization’s point of view, primary benefits include:

  • Facilitated roll-out of mobile devices and BYOD, enabling organizational change and transforming user expectations
  • Reduced strain on the IT helpdesk for password resets; fewer calls means more time to focus on delivering high-value IT projects
  • Protection of critical patient data in the data center
  • Ease of deployment using a proven solution configuration
  • Validated, end-to-end solution provided by one company, integrated to work optimally
  • HP history of 50+ years of experience delivering optimized infrastructure for the healthcare industry


Real World Healthcare Benefits


HP has decades of experience helping healthcare customers solve their IT challenges, and this NEW Mobile Care Reference Architecture is battle tested and proven to solve those challenges. See what one HP customer says:


“To ensure the highest-quality patient care, KishHealth System needed a virtual desktop infrastructure solution to optimize our providers’ information exchange and interaction,”


said Jeff Reifsteck, Technical Operations Manager, KishHealth System.


“HP meets KishHealth System’s needs with a solution that improves the quality and efficiency of our services with always-on secure systems that ensure the right information is always available to our physicians and the entire clinical team.”


What next?


Modernizing healthcare infrastructure can be a complex and risky undertaking. HP has proven end user computing methodologies, reference architectures, and expert resources to help you navigate those risks and successfully transform your healthcare infrastructure.


To find more information on the NEW HP Mobile Care Reference Architecture with VMware AlwaysOn, click here for the brochure.

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