Virtual Desktop – A Preview for 2011

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By Kenny Whiteside, BSN, RN

Why the switch to “Virtual Desktops”?

Within the first quarter of 2011, we will exchange/convert the workstations within the hospital to Virtual Desktops (VDI – Virtual Desktop Integration). There are multiple advantages to using virtual desktops compared to the traditional the workstations we are currently using. For the hospital staff, the biggest advantages will be:


  1. Using a traditional computer with a wireless connection, even a brief loss of connectivity would cause the Meditech session to be lost. With VDI, the desktop and Meditech remain intact until the connection is re-established.
  2. The ability to quickly access a personal desktop from anywhere in the hospital using only your user name and password is a great benefit of the virtual desktop. This basically makes our desktops mobile, which matches the mobile workflow of healthcare.
  3. No longer do we need to “Exit/ Log Out” of any application or “lock” the computer before walking away from the workstation. Instead, we simply “Disconnect” from our desktop making it inaccessible to others. This saves time/effort of logging in and navigating through Meditech each time we need to document or access information. 
  4. By “disconnecting” when walking away from a terminal, other can then use the same terminal to connect to their desktop. This makes computer access more available to others rather than a computer being “tied up” by one single person.


Essentially, with virtual desktops each person will have their ‘own personal, mobile desktop’ that can be accessed anywhere at any time. One can easily see that in a quickly evolving and fast-pace environment such as healthcare, this will become increasingly important to staff as they will need to access the computer more frequently as well as in a variety of locations.