Remote working with Imprivata's OneSign Anywhere
Written by Mariela Lopez-Ponce, Product Management Director, Imprivata
In today’s rapidly evolving workplace we are witnessing the rise of an increasingly digital age where pen and paper have been replaced by PCs, computers on wheels (COWs) and laptops, and the use of tablet computers and smartphones is beginning to revolutionise the way caregivers treat patients. With the right tools, doctors and nurses are now able to work off site or on-the-go, regardless of the actual physical location of their patients’ records, applications and clinical data which they need in order to do their jobs in the most efficient and effective way possible.
For busy and mobile healthcare staff, immediate access to this critical data is a game changer and a major driver for adoption of mobile devices in their daily work lives. For example, clinicians on home visits would be able to access patient files, compile notes and update records while on-the-move, instead of writing these actions down on paper and entering them into a stationary PC upon returning to the hospital. Of course, this has workflow benefits, but also importantly promotes data accuracy, as it limits the number of times that information is transferred and ensures that data is updated real-time. For organisations like the NHS in the UK, which need to be agile and flexible to meet patient needs, working on-the-go is a great example of how technology has become integral to meeting ever-changing business demands.
However, whilst mobile devices can certainly improve workflow, we have all seen enough news on data breaches to understand the challenges around security, compliance and governance that this new era raises. Innovative yet simple solutions which provide secure access to applications and data are therefore an essential management tool for an increasingly mobile workforce. To accomplish this, mobile devices can now be secured by newagentless security software. These tools do not require software to be downloaded or installed on a device, and can be combined with strong authentication platforms, such as smartcards, tokens, or PhoneFactor for an extra layer of security. This provides an effective and simple way of securing mobile devices whilst also permitting fast, convenient access to applications for remote and mobile users.
With budgets tight, clinician efficiency has become more important than ever and mobile IT solutions have been cited as a key way to improve the speed and effectiveness of day-to-day practices for clinical staff. Streamlined healthcare workflows promise patient service improvements which remain at the centre of all NHS business and IT goals and ultimately allow for a more cost effective business. Solutions, like Imprivata’s OneSign Anywhere, which enable staff to work securely on the go, bring healthcare organisations ever closer to the goal of achieving a secure, efficient and compliant workforce.
Imprivata Product Manager, Pieter-Jan Boone, gives a demonstration of Imprivata One Sign:
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Microsoft launches Tech for Social Impact for elderly care
Microsoft Tech for Social Impact, the tech giant's division offering tools for non profit organisations, has announced it is expanding to include aged care non profits around the world.
This means that non profit organisations helping elderly residents in nursing homes or with other daily support will now be eligible for technology grants and discounts of up to 75%, as well as training and capacity building to help with digital transformation.
The care home sector has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for some of the most vulnerable people in society. As a result organisations around the world have been deploying innovative technologies, such as IoT to create monitoring solutions that enable independent living, through to AI-driven robots that provide companionship as well as alert the user's care team if there are any changes to their symptoms.
The German Red Cross (DRK) is an early adopter that is already benefitting from this programme expansion as part of Microsoft Tech for Social's pilot scheme. DRK provides services and assistance to over 40,000 people at more than 500 aged care facilities in Germany, with a further 90,000 receiving care in their own homes.
Thanks to Microsoft 365 cloud technologies such as SharePoint and OneDrive, along with Teams for communication, DRK was able to continue its daily work even at the height of the pandemic crisis. Residents of DRK facilities used Teams to keep in touch with relatives despite restrictions to visits, and there are plans to continue using these channels in the future to prevent isolation among residents.
Following the pilot’s success, the programme will offer discounts and grants to eligible organisations for its Microsoft cloud stack including Business Applications, Azure and Modern Work, leveraging the firm's sector-specific tools with Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit which will be generally available in the second half of 2021.
Microsoft estimate that around 75,000 new non profit organisations around the world will be eligible for the programme.