Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is an acute care hospital located in Hartford, Connecticut. Since its founding by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chambéry in 1897, Saint Francis has grown into New England’s largest Catholic hospital, with 617 beds and major clinical concentrations in oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, rehabilitation, and women and infant services.
The challenge: Consolidating 34 legacy applications into a single EMR Platform and addressing their Mobile device risk growth.
As an early innovator in the healthcare industry, they were already deploying computerized physician entry (CPOE) systems far back as 20 years ago. This was at the time before patient management software were an American healthcare standard. At present however, the IT leaders in the organization have recognized that they need to simplify and consolidate their 34 legacy applications into a single unified electronic medical record (EMR) platform if they want to continue to be ahead of the industry. This is especially challenging when considering that a majority of the hospital’s doctor’s work in independent offices.
The Solution: Deploying a new EMR system across thousands of workstations and mobile devices
Saint Francis had already been using Citrix technology for years, specifically Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix XenApp (now VirtualDesktop and VirtualApp respectively). These products helped Saint Francis with their on-demand application delivery for both their physical and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). However, the main problem they encountered after they did a preliminary security audit was that there were security gaps due to the approach they took with mobile devices. So to ensure that they kept their users empowered with the choice of their own device, they decided to also use XenMobile to help lessen the security threats. “When XenMobile arrived on the scene, we were able to get all the features we wanted, along with a simple licensing package from a vendor we already trusted.” Says Paul Dzierwinski, manager of systems administration at Saint Francis.
After 18 months of preparation, the hospital was successful in transferring their 1.3 million patient records in a smooth rollout.
Helping ensure the timely launch of a new enterprise-wide platform
- The team checked with all workstations to ensure that during launch period that each endpoint would run smoothly.
Facilitating the exchange of patient information and reducing medical errors
- The streamlined EMR system helped convenience customers so that patient records could be shared securely via the system to the intended recipient, be it hospitals, doctors or healthcare entities.
Enabling anytime, anywhere access to EMR data as part of a larger BYOD initiative
- The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiative has helped end users have a seamless experience while making sure that Saint Francis has a degree of control for security, being able to wipe a lost phone is one of the possibilities.
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