The Information Daily: European healthcare sector goes virtual as NHS focuses on innovation

Virtual desktop infrastructure is transforming the way clinicians access patient information at the point of care, unlocking the full potential of new technology investments in Europe.

Research shows that the adoption of VDI, or desktop virtualisation, stands to be one of the most important technology trends in the European healthcare community. VDI reduces the cost of delivering IT services by provisioning entire desktop environments from the datacentre and makes it easier for clinicians to access applications and data from any device.

A recent survey of European healthcare IT professionals, conducted by Imprivata, finds that virtual desktop solutions are used in 42 per cent of healthcare organisations today. Moreover, what is particularly eye-opening from the survey results, is the forecast use of these technologies – with desktop virtualisation expected to increase 74 per cent in Europe over the next 24 months. If this is realised, then adoption of desktop virtualisation of healthcare in EMEA will surpass the U.S. in that timeframe.