Exosphere ensures that a patient’s patience won’t be tested by delays.
Current Challenges for Healthcare IT Leaders
In addition to traditional business requirements, IT staff that support health care professionals are faced with even more complex regulatory and technology deployment challenges:
- Regulations. Comply with regulatory requirements and enforce policy related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which provides incentives for the adoption of EHR technology, CPOE and health information exchanges (HIE).
- Highly Graphical Applications. Doctors and other health care professionals access highly- graphical PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) applications to view medical images including x-rays, CT, and MRI scans. Image resolution cannot be compromised because it is required in order to properly diagnose patients.
- Mobility. To be successful, medical professionals must be able to deliver clinical services on a variety of devices – including thin clients, laptops, tablets and some healthcare-specific devices – across hospitals and other care settings. Medical professionals move extensively within hospitals and clinics, including on and off-campus locations. Minimal bandwidth availability is a core requirement for viewing images anywhere and anytime.
- Security. Whether accessing critical information from an iPad while roving between patient rooms or from home at 2:00 am during an emergency, secure access to all patient data is required in order to comply with HIPAA regulations.
- Intuitiveness. Healthcare professionals are focused on patients and often don’t have the luxury of time for training to learn new technologies. They require tools that are intuitive and easy.
In order to address the requirements of healthcare, application virtualization can provide a suitable solution. However, the multitude of virtualization vendors and components can be overwhelming, and the need for a solution that meets these challenges head on and is easy to administer and simple to maintain is of the upmost importance.
Healthcare IT is experiencing a historical transformation today when it comes to improving the cost, quality and delivery of patient care. What clinicians realize now is that new technology is an enabler, an integral part of care delivery. Making it easier to process information allows them to focus more directly on patient care. In fact, Healthcare providers are striving to have a completely connected and collaborative care environment where patients have real-time, secure access to their health records, physicians and nurses have clinical applications at their fingertips, and payer interactions are seamless. Meanwhile, limited budgets and workforce reductions are forcing healthcare IT departments to find greater operational efficiencies as they implement and upgrade their systems and applications under rigid business and government guidelines and related deadlines.
Technical solutions that address the requirements of medical professionals must simultaneously pass the rigor of flawlessly providing access to patient data, compliance with government regulations while also being easy to use. Sphere 3D’s application virtualization solution, powered by the Glassware 2.0™ containerization technology, enables healthcare IT to cost-effectively virtualize critical applications so they can be delivered on a broad array of mobile devices to better support personalized delivery of patient care in a variety of clinical settings. Clinicians gain a rich user experience that they can access as easily from tablets as from conventional PCs. Sphere 3D transforms healthcare IT with trusted solutions that improve the cost, quality and delivery of patient care while modernizing and extending existing IT investments.
THE SOLUTION: GLASSWARE 2.0 FOR HEALTHCARE
The Sphere 3D application virtualization solution for healthcare overcomes these challenges through a unique Glassware 2.0™ containerization technology that removes legacy applications’ dependency on underlying operating systems without any coding. Available today as an all-in-one hyperconverged infrastructure appliance, the G-Series GW2000, or as a service from within the Microsoft Azure cloud, as an end-to-end distributed enterprise solution, Exosphere™. Sphere 3D provides a complete end-to-end solution for virtualizing and simplifying application delivery to any mobile or desktop device — Chromebook, iPad, Android tablet, Windows PC or iOS.
Unlike complex traditional application virtualization solutions that require a myriad of expensive components and specialists to support them, Glassware 2.0 makes it easy for healthcare IT to make applications available securely and intuitively. The Glassware 2.0 containerization technology does not require the full desktop OS to run on the server. Instead, containers provide abstraction from the underlying desktop OS allowing applications to be seamlessly and securely delivered to most all endpoint devices without any code changes. This proprietary technology allows for a Glassware 2.0 server to deliver up to 5x the performance that can be achieved with traditional virtualization solutions and access real hardware resources for optimum performance. Glassware 2.0 has succeeded in blurring the lines between various hardware resources and clinical service delivery in order to meet the goal of healthcare application virtualization in the public cloud, on-premises as an appliance, or distributed enterprise architecture.