Clinicians and healthcare professionals are always on the move. To be effective, technology must roam right along with them.

That’s where Citrix comes. Our focus is streamlining healthcare IT and the delivery of mobile capabilities to users. With this in mind, I’d like to make sure you’re aware of how the latest features in XenApp and XenDesktop benefit clinician mobility.

Across all industries, XenApp and XenDesktop updates revolve around a few key themes: security, flexibility and user experience. This blog post will explain how each applies to clinical workflow. Specifically, in our industry — healthcare — mobility means accessing any application at any time through any network. Citrix technology is the delivery platform.

Here are some of the technologies, benefits and capabilities XenApp and XenDesktop offer:

Benefit: Citrix Receiver delivers fast access to your virtual healthcare apps by streamlining the login process.

Anonymous Connections to Citrix Servers alleviates the need to authenticate to Receiver before logging in to specific applications. Anonymous sessions shortcut the process of accessing applications from computers in a shared location (e.g., a nurse’s station). The time savings add up as healthcare professionals transition from room to room throughout the day.

Benefit: Speedy application access can be delivered in two different ways, through pre-launch and session linger.

Session Pre-launch and Session Linger involve several actions. Even before the user requests it, Citrix software pre-launches to warm up processes for user applications. This can shave time off of every log in. It can even make the difference between a 3-second application launch and a 10-second one.

Session linger keeps a user’s session and applications available and ready-to-go, in spite of the fact that the person may be. For example, during the time it takes a doctor or a nurse to walk from the Emergency Room (ER) to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), respective work sessions may time-out at one workstation but still linger in “active status” on the Citrix servers. This enables both the clinician and the nurse to quickly resume their respective workspaces when they reach the ICU.

Benefit: By optimizing communication between clients and servers, Citrix technology shortens the amount of time required to log in.

The Accelerated Logon for PKI-based Smart Card Users feature gives healthcare workers fast access to patient information. XenDesktop expedites the user logon process for healthcare workers who depend upon PKI-based Smart Card identification for access to the virtual applications and desktops that provide patient healthcare information. 

Benefit: Citrix now gives you the choice of having a session roam with you or of “parking” it on a given device.

While many recent improvements have focused on “session roaming” (the ability to have the same session follow you from location to location and device to device) there are also times when the same user may want to access different sessions on different devices.

Completing an insurance form on a PC while consulting a patient record on a tablet is one great example. Another is this: a doctor might want to keep the computer in his office logged onto an administrative task yet have the ability to go straight to the patient record when entering the patient’s exam room. The Multiple Sessions for Multiple Devices feature addresses this issue. 

Benefit: Now, clinicians can roam from room to room smoothly in a “double hop” scenario.

Citrix Solutions for Healthcare make it possible to manage virtualized applications and desktops separately. (Not every desktop needs every application; however, the user experience still should be as unified as possible.)

The most recent release of XenApp introduces a new API: Dynamic Client Pass-Through for Virtual Desktops. This simplifies access.  It focuses on the interplay of XenApp and XenDesktop when the two are used together – XenApp to virtualize applications and XenDesktop to virtualize entire Windows desktops. This API provides a framework to more readily enable location-based workflows, printing and application security.

Desktop virtualization is becoming more popular in healthcare, as the prices of thin client workstations continue to drop and the advantages of not having to manage and upgrade individual Windows desktops become more obvious. This is particularly important in healthcare, where workers typically access applications from many locations and device types throughout the day.

In addition to these currently-available features, we have significant plans for innovative future capabilities. Rest assured that with each new feature Citrix delivers, the goal is to give clinicians and healthcare professionals more time to concentrate on healthcare’s core competency – interacting with patients.

To learn more about Citrix Healthcare/Mobility Solutions directly from industry experts, attend the Citrix Lunch and Learn Panel Session moderated by Citrix Christian Boucher, Healthcare Strategist:

Mobile Clinicians and IT: Partnering for Better Patient Value
HIMSS Annual Conference & Exposition, Room 201
Sands Expo & Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
Thursday, March 3rd from 11:30am-12:30pm

To learn more about Citrix Security and Compliance Solutions directly from industry experts, attend the Citrix Lunch and Learn Panel Session moderated by Citrix Kurt Roemer, Chief Security Strategist:

Beyond the Letter of the Law: Healthcare IT Security Strategies
HIMSS Annual Conference & Exposition
Sands Expo & Convention Center, Room 201
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, March 1st from 1:00PM – 2:00PM

To register for #HIMSS16click here.

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