Tower Hamlets Improves Access to Clinical Applications While Enhancing Security with Imprivata

OneSign Appliance Eases IT Help Desk Woes and Drives Efficiency Across the Trust

LEXINGTON, MA - March 11, 2009 - Imprivata®, Inc., the converged authentication and access management company announced that Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust (PCT) has selected Imprivata OneSign® to provide clinicians and administrative support staff with improved access to multiple healthcare applications via strong authentication management and single sign-on.

Through Imprivata partner Sysec, the rollout will be ongoing throughout 2009, and upon completion will provide 600 of the Trust’s users with improved secure access to applications, including clinical systems, NHS Mail, HR, IT and Finance packages. OneSign will also manage strong authentication by integrating the NHS smart card with SSO to ensure users can securely access NHS Spine applications via a single set of logon credentials stored on their cards, rather than individual logons for each system.

Tower Hamlets will also be deploying OneSign to enable users on its primary domain network to use a self-service password management reset function, and look-up facility for other application logon information. This service will dramatically reduce the strain on IT help desk resources, whilst also helping to cut password-related reset costs.

“As an NHS organisation holding sensitive patient data, security has always been our primary concern; however, having the technology in place to ensure our clinical staff can do their jobs with the maximum efficiency is also vital to providing the expected levels of patient care,” said Greg Peacock, IT Manager, Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust. “Imprivata OneSign strikes the perfect balance for us, keeping IT systems safe, but also giving us the tools to overcome day-to-day issues, such as forgotten passwords and user lock-outs.”

Additionally, OneSign will help bolster Tower Hamlet’s security compliance requirements through its user access auditing capabilities, providing IT staff with a full trail of attempted and authenticated entry to IT systems. Clinical users can also benefit from walk-away security on shared workstations by simply tapping their proximity card on a reader, reducing the risk of unauthorised access to sensitive data.

Imprivata OneSign offers organisations an appliance-based authentication and access management solution to improve security, without impacting employee productivity. OneSign can help significantly reduce IT help desk costs by eliminating password-related management issues, and also provides management support for a range of strong authentication types, including proximity cards, one-time-password tokens, biometrics and physical access cards.

“Security and cost are two key concerns for every public sector organisation today, especially in light of recent high profile data breaches,” said Omar Hussain, President and CEO, Imprivata. “Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust is one of many NHS organisations in the UK leading by example with the implementation of OneSign, which not only provides high levels of access management control, but is also helping to ease the financial and resource burden, driving productivity and reducing costs across a growing number of NHS hospitals.”

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 650 customers and over 200 partners around the world.For more information, visit

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