Change is Good, Integrated Identity and Access Management is Better

Joel Alcon
Mar 01, 2018

In healthcare, it sometimes seems there’s only one constant: change. This ever-shifting landscape makes it extremely difficult for healthcare organizations to meet the goals of managing identity and access to care – particularly amidst increasing pressure to simultaneously improve patient care and reduce costs. Providers must solve identity access management challenges while protecting patient data and privacy, and they must do so in an environment of frequent staff turnover, ever-multiplying health IT systems, rotating vendors, and new cybersecurity threats.

In order to succeed today and prepare for future change, healthcare organizations need integrated identity and access management.

A trusted enterprise SSO solution

If you were to do a clinical walkthrough at any large medical center, you would observe first-hand the increasing use of technology in healthcare. Clinicians routinely log into multiple systems and applications, often accessing multiple workstations across different areas of the hospital every day. How is this problematic? Clinicians can’t take the sessions with them from computer to computer, and they must log into their clinical applications each time they migrate to a new workstation.

As the number of systems and applications continues to grow, we expect the demand for secure access to clinical systems and applications to rise. Clinicians need secure, yet quick and seamless, access to technology. Although usernames and passwords are secure, they pose a barrier for clinicians who must access patient information quickly.

More than 1,700 healthcare organizations today tackle this challenge by using Imprivata for single sign-on and virtual desktop access to provide their clinicians with roaming desktop sessions that securely follow them throughout their shifts. The solution gives hospital staff the ability to focus less on technology barriers, and more on patient care.

Identity Governance

As new clinicians join the hospitals, they will demand single sign-on and virtual desktop access to clinical systems. From an IT perspective, this represents a constant stream of new clinicians that need fast, secure access to clinical systems on day one. IT has to guarantee that the right people have the right access to the right systems – no small feat.

IT and security professionals typically grant access and manage identities through manual processes, which opens the door for mistakes, including users without access to critical systems or users with access to the wrong systems. These types of human errors can expose personal health information (PHI), disrupt clinical workflows, or cause costly slowdowns and inefficiencies to IT systems.

Imprivata offers an integrated identity and access management solution that helps reduce security and compliance risk while also improving clinical and IT operational efficiency.

Adopting automated processes

Amidst the ongoing change in healthcare, most organizations are working to adopt automated processes for managing access to critical systems. This is an important development, which requires a trusted solution. By combining Imprivata OneSign with Imprivata Identity Governance, healthcare organizations can meet the challenges of identity and access management in as a means to providing quality care.

Change is good!

Will you be in Las Vegas from March 5-9 for the HIMSS18 Conference & Exhibition? We want to meet you! Please book a meeting with us or schedule a booth visit to see a demo of the Imprivata identity and access management solutions.

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