On February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), including the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). There are significant financial incentives for hospitals and providers to adopt Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology. And these incentives align perfectly with the key priorities of healthcare IT. Ever since, Healthcare providers throughout the United States are moving quickly to migrate to EHR systems as the clock is ticking. Starting in 2015, hospitals and doctors will be subject to financial penalties under Medicare if they are not using electronic health records. This may seem complex and heavily focused on financial incentives, but the ultimate goal of ARRA bill is to drive change in the use of technology for improving patient care and enhancing management of chronic diseases.

So how do you as Healthcare IT enable the “Meaningful Use” of EHR technology? Implementing a comprehensive EHR strategy is not an easy task. Distributed PC and application management is complex and costly. The risk of not meeting industry mandates, security breaches with health records on diverse user endpoints and the pain associated with rolling out new applications, updating and patching them are reasons why healthcare IT is turning to app and desktop virtualization solutions.

Citrix is the leading provider of healthcare IT solutions today. From enabling fast and successful EHR implementations to reducing desktop and app management costs and improving patient data security, Citrix is highly recommended by major EHR vendors and top healthcare organizations.

Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop transform healthcare IT by centralizing desktop and EMR app management, delivering applications to any device anywhere in minutes, update, upgrade and patch within seconds. It enables fast and easy company wide rollouts of applications such as Cerner Millennium, GE Centricity, Eclipsys Sunrise Clinical Manager and many more.  XenApp and XenDesktop allow you to:

  • Implement a comprehensive and successful EHR strategy that centralizes desktop, app, and data management thereby, eliminating security breaches and reducing operational costs.
  • Deliver customized desktops and EHR apps as an on-demand service thereby, simplifying management and refreshes, improving security and end-user experience that result in reduced IT support.
  • Provide secure access to your critical EMR apps with a high-definition user experience from any device, anytime, anywhere thereby, improving provider workflow productivity and enabling patient-centered healthcare.

Adopting EHR is no longer a choice for healthcare IT. There are incentives for early adopters, but every healthcare provider is required to implement EHR in the near future, whatever the new driving forces may be – going paperless, mobility, BYOD, secure remote access, and roaming support.

See how your peers are achieving their EHR implementations successfully to improve patient care –

Miami Childrens’ Hospital

Hennepin County Medical Center

Magruder Hospital

Emory Healthcare

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