VMworld 2011: From the Show Floor - Part 3

Ed Gaudet
Feb 02, 2012

The highlight of today was undoubtedly the customer panel in the session Healthcare and the Journey to the Cloud- State of the Industry. The panel featured:

  • William Lewkowski, Executive VP and CIO from Metro Health
  • Greg Wolverton, CIO from ARcare
  • Jim Ferrens, Director Infrastructure and Virtualization Services from Johns Hopkins

Throughout the session each of the members of the panel discussed the benefits that they were seeing from desktop virtualization in their hospitals including:

  • Faster access to patient information to make quality care decisions and deliver a higher quality of care
  • Desktop roaming being a big plus to clinicians and helping them sell the benefits of VDI
  • Using VDI to become an ASP to affiliate physician practices

And the best part of the discussion? Johns Hopkins, Metro Health are using Imprivata OneSign to enable No Click Access®to VMware View virtual desktops, and ARcare stated they are “in the process of becoming an Imprivata customer.' A panel hat trick!

While the panelists agreed that leveraging a public cloud is still three years out, Johns Hopkins leads the way in preparing for the inevitable -- they have created IT roles focused on cloud infrastructure. Virtualized desktop infrastructure is clearly a critical step in everyone's journey to the cloud and will help accelerate this transition.

With the advent of CPOE, physicians are being asked to do more electronically. Forward-thinking IT leaders such as those attending VMworld are making it easier for clinicians so they can spend more time with patients.

Congratulations to everyone that was on the panel for their insights and guidance, and to Frank Nydam from VMware for moderating an excellent session.

Elsewhere at the show it was great to see Rick Landuyt from RF IDeas who kindly recorded a short message for us and also to record a demo with Mirela Cunjalo, product Manager at Teradici showcasing the integration between Imprivata and Teradici enabled zero clients.

Best

Ed.