Imprivata Survey of 335 U.S Hospitals Confirms that Rapid Adoption of Desktop Virtualization with Single Sign-On is Critical to Success

Study Finds 65 Percent of Hospitals Expect to be Using Virtual Desktop Infrastructure within Two Years, 84 Percent of which Plan to Implement Single Sign-On to Unlock the Power of their VDI Investment

Lexington, Mass.—September 17, 2014—Within the next two years, 84 percent of organizations adopting Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) plan to implement single sign-on (SSO), according to new research from Imprivata® (NYSE: IMPR), a leading provider of authentication, access management and secure communications solutions for the healthcare industry. The Imprivata 2014 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report confirms that SSO helps unlock the power of VDI while improving provider productivity by saving each user an average of 19 minutes per day. The report also finds that adoption of VDI is expected to reach 65 percent within the next two years, a 27 percent growth rate from 2014.

“Healthcare organizations continue to face challenges as they balance IT security requirements with clinical demand for technology that is convenient and easy to access,” said Judy Hanover, research director, Provider IT Strategies, IDC Health Insights. “We have seen increasing adoption of desktop virtualization as a means to address some of these challenges, including security, user mobility and the increased complexity and cost of desktop management. The integration of SSO to enable fast, secure access to virtual desktops and patient data at the point of care enhances the value of VDI, and the results of the Imprivata report align with what IDC Health Insights is seeing across the healthcare industry.”

“We believe the findings of the Imprivata 2014 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report mirror the importance of SSO to the success of our virtual desktop strategy,” said Dale Atkins, technical architect at Munson Medical Center (Traverse City, Mich.). “Care providers are highly mobile and extremely pressed for time, so there is tremendous value in giving them roaming access to the information and systems they need at the point of care. Integrating products like Imprivata OneSign® to eliminate the tedious process of entering and re-entering usernames and passwords creates a formidable one-two punch that saves time, reduces IT costs, improves productivity and keeps our providers focused on patient care.”

Key findings from the Imprivata 2014 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report include:

  • Adoption rates of VDI in healthcare increased from 35 percent when Imprivata published its inaugural report in 2011 to 52 percent in 2014. This trend is expected to continue, with VDI adoption forecasted to reach 65 percent within two years.
  • Today, 57 percent of organizations that use VDI also use SSO, which is an increase of 19 percent from the 2013 Imprivata report. This is expected to continue to increase, with 84 percent of organizations indicating they will implement SSO with their VDI environments over the next 24 months. 
  • Organizations using SSO and VDI today report a savings of 19 minutes per clinician, per shift. This is up from 14 minutes in 2013, validating the substantial productivity gains by implementing SSO to give providers fast, secure access to virtual desktops, clinical applications and patient data.
  • Adoption of zero clients to support VDI is expected to increase 73 percent over the next 12 months, while adoption of thin clients is expected to increase 17 percent over that time frame.

“The results of the Imprivata 2014 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report reflect what we continue to hear from our customers—adoption of VDI and authentication management solutions continues to increase as they are must-have solutions for solving critical workflow challenges across the healthcare industry,” said Clay Ritchey, chief marketing officer at Imprivata. “When these solutions are implemented together, providers experience fast, secure access to systems and information wherever and whenever they need it, which improves security as well as provider productivity for better focus on patient care.” 

To download the complete 2014 Imprivata Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report, click here.

A total of 335 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) is a leading provider of authentication and access management solutions for the healthcare industry. Imprivata’s single sign-on, authentication management and secure communications solutions enable fast, secure and more efficient access to healthcare information technology systems to address multiple security challenges and improve provider productivity for better focus on patient care. For more information, please visit

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