Box Butte General Hospital Enables Secure Access to its Virtual Desktop Environment with Imprivata

Imprivata's OneSign Platform Seamlessly Integrates with Box Butte's Sun Ray System to Accelerate Access to Patient Data and Eliminate Password Headaches

LEXINGTON, MA— March 17, 2009— Imprivata®, Inc., the converged authentication and access management company, today announced that Box Butte General Hospital (BBGH), an Alliance, Nebraska-based non-profit critical access facility, has secured its virtual desktop environment using Imprivata’s OneSign Platform. With OneSign, BBGH has increased enterprise security while also enhancing clinician satisfaction by making it easier for them to manage passwords and access the applications and information needed on a daily basis.

When BBGH implemented electronic charting to better manage patient care, improve productivity and trim costs across the organization, an unintended consequence arose. Although tracking and storing patient data became more efficient, the new system elevated the password management problem to an intolerable level. Almost 10% of the staff forgot passwords or needed password resets from the help desk each week. The facility’s IT staff sought a solution and decided that OneSign’s single sign-on (SSO) and authentication management (AM) capabilities were a perfect fit.

At the time they were implementing OneSign, the IT department was also planning to deploy Sun Ray Virtual Display Clients and Smart Cards from Sun Microsystems for a low-cost virtual desktop environment that was both convenient and green. Imprivata’s OneSign Platform integrated seamlessly with the Sun Ray Smart Cards, providing the staff with compliant and secure authentication and access to patient data—while also ensuring high levels of clinician satisfaction with the new process and systems.

“Not only did we need to prevent clinicians from sharing or writing down passwords in light of HIPAA regulations, we wanted to ensure optimal productivity and extract the most value possible from our electronic charting initiative,” said Mandy Whaley, network administrator at BBGH. “No matter where our employees are, they can use Sun Ray clients with OneSign to conveniently access applications and information—without having to remember passwords.”

Imprivata’s OneSign Platform enables secure employee access, improves user productivity and lowers overall costs, helping to protect a growing number of healthcare organizations’ critical information assets. It makes it easier to manage and demonstrate compliance with healthcare industry regulations, whether tasked with HIPAA compliance, SOX, or the UK Data Protection Act. OneSign seamlessly integrates strong authentication, enterprise single sign-on, physical access control, user provisioning and event reporting to provide one enterprise-wide automated employee information access policy managed and enforced within a single, easy-to-use administrative framework.

“With an increasing number of organizations adopting virtualization as a greener and less costly alternative, protecting confidential data becomes even more critical. At Box Butte, OneSign secures virtual desktop access to patient data while offering users a convenient method of authenticating using their smart cards,” said Omar Hussain, president and CEO, Imprivata. “Using OneSign with Sun Rays allows all the advantages of a virtual environment, along with increased security and improved user satisfaction.”

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About Box Butte General Hospital
Box Butte General Hospital (BBGH) is a non-profit, critical access facility, based in Alliance, Nebraska and owned by the citizens of Box Butte County, dedicated to serving the needs of residents and visitors alike. BBGH is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care since 1951. The hospital has 25-beds for all patient types—acute, observation, swing, intensive care and OB—and a staff of over 200 employees providing a variety of services. For more information on the facility, please visit:

About Imprivata
Imprivata is the converged authentication and access management company. Its OneSign platform helps organizations safeguard enterprise information assets by enabling secure employee access to networks and applications—improving user productivity and convenience, while reducing the time, risk and cost of complying with data privacy and protection regulations. OneSign has received top ratings in product reviews throughout the industry and has been awarded numerous accolades from leading publications including Information Security, InfoWorld and SC Magazine. Headquartered in Lexington, Mass., Imprivata is one of the fastest growing IAM companies with more than 700 customers and over 200 partners around the world.For more information, visit

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