Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Imprivata lets UK hospital monitor patients securely

Steve Rogerson
September 6, 2018

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK is delivering fast, safe and secure access to patient monitoring devices and clinical applications with technology from Massachusetts-based Imprivata.
The installation, the first of type outside of the USA, lets clinicians and care givers log in securely and quickly to medical devices, improving overall care with real-time data.
The NHS trust has deployed Imprivata OneSign single sign-on, medical device access and authentication management platforms to deliver real-time patient data to inform clinical decisions and streamline system access without weakening secure practices.
The combined system lets clinicians securely access the Welch Allyn patient monitoring devices quickly and easily, ensuring that sensitive patient data are protected. The trust has piloted system within its busy renal unit and, as a result, has eliminated the manual recording of patient vital signs. The information is now securely recorded within the patient’s electronic health record and is available in real time to clinicians.
With renal patients, it is imperative that observations and vital signs are taken and recorded each time they are seen in clinic, as this information informs their care. The medical device access platform lets clinic nurses securely log in to Welch Allyn’s Connex spot monitor devices with a tap of their RFID badge. Using the attached reader, the nurse scans the patients bar code, securely accessing their records, and, once observations are taken, the information is logged into the patient’s electronic health record and can be accessed in real time by clinicians.
The data are also immediately available to the regional multi-disciplined team who can remotely access the clinical data to proactively plan which patients need to be seen as part of their care pathway.
“Imprivata has allowed us to spend the length of the clinic session with the patient discussing their pathway of care, secure in the knowledge that the data we are seeing are up to date, accurate and correctly attributed to the patient in front of us,” said Joanne Reischman, clinic sister at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Previously, clinical staff would on average have to log into nine different applications per clinical session, per member of staff. As workstations were shared, this would often result in a backlog in recording data. With OneSign, clinicians have no-click access to clinical administrative applications, streamlining the process and positively impacting productivity.
“Imprivata has provided a single pane of glass for safe and secure authentication to both clinical and business applications for our staff,” said Andy Weissenborn, chief technology officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Access to real-time data has transformed the way clinicians are using systems. Clinical appointments are spent focusing on patient care, not grappling with technology. Armed with real-time data, clinicians are able to make informed decisions without delays, improving patient outcomes. The regional teams are able to access the system remotely and proactively plan next steps in the patients care plan.
The no-click access to systems using smart cards to tap in and out of applications has improved security, data governance and audit trails, ensuring only trusted users can gain access to networked medical devices. The scanning of a patient barcode ensures the correct patient record is accessed and updated in real time with vital sign information.
“The trust has been able to unlock the full potential of their medical devices and applications by ensuring a fast, efficient workflow for clinicians and care givers, while maintaining security and auditability,” said Adam Bangle, VP of international sales at Imprivata. “Technology should be an enabler in healthcare, not a barrier to the practice of medicine. Renal clinical staff are now able to access devices and applications swiftly with a tap of their badge, allowing their focus to be on the patient and not the IT system.”