Adoption of Single Sign-On with Desktop Virtualization in Healthcare Continues to Soar, According to New Research from Imprivata

70 Percent of Organizations that Implemented Desktop Virtualization in the Last Year also Deployed Single Sign-On to Unlock the Full Potential of Desktop Virtualization through Fast, Secure Access

VMworld (booth #2425)—San Francisco, September 1, 2015— According to new research from Imprivata® (NYSE: IMPR), the healthcare IT security company, 70 percent of healthcare organizations that implemented virtual desktops during the last 12 months also deployed single sign-on (SSO). The Imprivata 2015 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report validates that SSO is helping to drive adoption of desktop virtualization in healthcare by driving workflow efficiency with fast, secure access to virtual desktops and applications at the point of care. Today, 59 percent of all organizations using virtual desktops also use SSO, and this trend is expected to continue— with 88 percent of organizations planning to add desktop virtualization over the next 24 months report that they also plan to be using SSO. The report also found that the increased use of mobile tablets and smartphones in care delivery continues to be a significant driver in desktop virtualization adoption, as usage of mobile devices to access virtual desktops continues to grow and is expected to reach 82 percent within 24 months.

“The results of the Imprivata 2015 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report reflect what we continue to hear from our customers—giving providers fast, secure, No Click Access® to virtual desktops, clinical applications, and patient information at the point of care is essential for unlocking the full potential of desktop virtualization,” said Clay Ritchey, chief marketing officer at Imprivata. “As the report indicates, adoption of SSO alongside virtual desktops in healthcare shows no signs of slowing down, validating that when implemented together, these technologies give healthcare organizations a powerful solution for enabling providers to better access, communicate, and transact with patient health information to improve productivity and the patient experience.”

Additional findings from the Imprivata 2015 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report include:

  • Adoption rates of desktop virtualization in healthcare increased from 35 percent when Imprivata published its inaugural report in 2011 to 66 percent in 2015 (an 89 percent growth rate). This trend is expected to continue, with 45 percent of organizations not currently using desktop virtualization expected to implement the technology over the next 24 months, bringing overall desktop virtualization adoption to 82 percent.
  • Today, 59 percent of organizations that use desktop virtualization also use SSO, which is an increase of 23 percent from the 2013 Imprivata report. This is expected to continue to increase, with 77 percent of organizations that expect to be using desktop virtualization within 24 months indicating they also plan to be using SSO.
  • Healthcare organizations continue to leverage a mix of endpoint devices, including thin and zero clients, to deliver virtual desktops—55 percent of organizations using desktop virtualization today use thin clients and 25 percent use zero clients. While these adoption rates are relatively flat year-over-year, the use of both technologies is expected to increase sharply—68 percent of organizations planning to add desktop virtualization over the next 24 months also plan to implement thin clients and 32 percent plan to use zero clients.
  • The use of tablets and smartphones as access points for desktop virtualization to support increasing clinical mobility is also increasing. Today, 56 percent of organizations with desktop virtualization use tablets as endpoints (a 17 percent year-over-year increase) and 38 percent use smartphones (a 13 percent year-over-year increase). This trend is expected to continue, with adoption rates of tablets as endpoints for desktop virtualization expected to reach 82 percent over the next 24 months and adoption of smartphones as endpoints for desktop virtualization expected to reach 67 percent in that timeframe.

“The Imprivata 2015 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report indicates an increasing trend toward clinical mobility and how organizations are approaching the challenges that come with it. This is something we have experienced at Walnut Hill, and we are committed to giving our clinical staff the best tools available for securely and efficiently accessing, analyzing, and sharing patient information to enable them to deliver timely, high-quality care,” said Aaron Miri, CIO at Walnut Hill Medical Center (Dallas). “By leveraging roaming desktops and applications as providers move throughout their day in conjunction with Imprivata OneSign® to enable fast, secure access, we can create a tremendous user experience that improves provider satisfaction, increases productivity and workflow efficiency, and ultimately, results in better care for our patients.”

To download the complete 2015 Imprivata Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report, click here.


A total of 186 respondents across the U.S. healthcare industry were surveyed to understand their organization’s adoption rates of desktop virtualization. Responses were collected from a variety of different types of healthcare organizations as well as a mix of different size organizations, based on number of beds.

About Imprivata

Imprivata® (NYSE: IMPR), the healthcare IT security company, provides healthcare organizations globally with a security and identity platform that delivers authentication management, fast access to patient information, secure communications, and positive patient identification. Imprivata enables care providers to securely and efficiently access, communicate, and transact patient health information to address critical compliance and security challenges while improving productivity and the patient experience. For more information, please visit

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