2012 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare Research Report

In this year’s survey separate desktop virtualization into the two primary technologies which Gartner defines as Server Hosted Virtual Desktops, such as VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop, and Server Based Computing such as Citrix XenApp and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS).


  • Desktop virtualization adoption continues to rise in healthcare - In the next 12 months healthcare organizations forecast a 44% growth in SHVD, leading all other industries surveyed
  • 36% of healthcare respondents expect to have more than half of their users using SHVD within 12 months vs. 32% for financial services
  • 74% of healthcare respondents identified a strategy of thin or zero clients indicating a move away from traditional fat clients.
  • 70% of healthcare respondents use strong authentication (eg. ID proximity badges or fingerprint biometrics) in their SHVD environment