The Workspace Hub is a device with unique software that extends Citrix app delivery and functionality for improving digital workflows.

In a healthcare setting, that can mean collecting data like vitals, reviewing EMR apps and moving frequently between mobile devices and workstations like thin clients.

At HIMSS 2016, we demonstrated the Workspace Hub technology in a healthcare innovation setting, showing how caregivers can move rapidly from room to room without log-on time and automatically update records such as patient and provider names. Inside a patient room, the Hub not only displays the EMR app but can collect temperature via Bluetooth and forward the data to the EMR app.

The fast iPad-to-Hub display transfer happens because the actual XenApp session continues to run on Receiver on the iPad. The QR code on the Hub display associates the iPad to the correct Hub, then the video stream is redirected from Receiver on the iPad to the Workspace Hub and decodes on the device. In addition a virtual channel is enabled on the Hub to allow local keyboard mouse and peripherals ( like a Bluetooth thermometer ) .

Citrix partnered with Arc Devices to show how a non contact digital thermometer can speed the collection of vitals and reduce the chance for errors by automatically sending the reading via Bluetooth to a service running on the Workspace Hub.

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From there, the data is securely transferred to the EMR. This can be done via HL7 or command line execution on the XenApp server. Octoblu secure device messaging can also be leveraged for updating patient names and triggering digital workflows. In the demo, the test EMR app is automatically updated with new patient names when switching rooms and displaying the vital sign temperature.

Every CMIO and IT Healthcare pro that saw the demo was impressed and awed by the swipe from mobile-to-Hub display speed. Some commented about current situations where a nurse will write vitals on their hand and then go to a PC to enter the data.

The demo also brought up lots of questions about specific workflows, room configurations and other data collection. There is no single answer, but the technologies we demoed opened many minds around what Citrix can enable. The backend of the demo was standard production XenApp 7.8, the Hub device software and iPad Receiver are prototype technologies.

Going forward, it is clear that there will be more digital devices and IoT in healthcare that will need to feed into EMR apps. Citrix can play a role not only delivering the apps plus reducing the time to get to the app, but also automating the collection of data and reducing errors yielding better patient outcomes.

Stay tuned for more innovations in healthcare enabled by Citrix.