California Hospital Gets iPads with VMWare View
Children's Hospital Central California plans to deploy the newly released VMware View Client for iPad to allow clinicians and staff to stay connected to their virtual Windows desktops anywhere in the building.
Located in Madera, Calif., Children's Hospital Central California is one of the 10 largest pediatric hospitals in the country.
VMware View is the first iPad app to enable Windows-based virtual desktops while also featuring PCoIP (PC-over-IP) display protocol, VMware reports. The application also incorporates custom gestures to allow clinicians to use the multitouch interface of the iPad.
On the iPad, users can access their virtualized desktop over WiFi or 3G. VMware View also includes an onscreen touch pad to ease navigation.
"The iPad could fundamentally change the way our clinicians and staff approach their IT needs," said Kirk Larson, chief information officer for Children's Hospital Central California, in a statement. "Now with VMware View Client for iPad, our caregivers can have the freedom to access a patient's electronic medical records anywhere in the hospital via an iPad on a secure VMware View desktop. This could not only improve patient care but may enable us to dramatically reduce costs and simplify device management."
Using VMware View on an iPad in a hospital is the result of an extensive evaluation of how clinicians use virtual desktops, Frank Nydam, VMware's director of health care solutions, told eWEEK.
The iPad will be a valuable tool for clinicians' CPOE (computerized physician order systems), he noted. Doctors use CPOE technology to enter instructions for patient treatment into a computer. "With our point-of-care [application], you can project that XP desktop out to the device of the clinicians' choice," he said.
At Children's Hospital Central California, children and dietitians in particular have been sold on using the iPad. "It's easier than opening up binders," Nydam said.
"Rather than carry two large binders around the hospital, doctors and staff will be able to consolidate their information by using the iPad," Robert Schellenger, network engineer for Children's Hospital Central California, said in a VMware company video.
For more, read the eWEEK article: HVMware iPad App Keeps California Hospital Clinicians Connected.