But healthcare IT executives such as Fear are sleeping better at night thinking about the control, security, and management options that the new virtual desktops provide. Plus, the zero client hardware will outlast the older PC hardware and is even a bit cheaper to buy.
Deploying virtualization enables a lot of other intriguing possibilities. Radiologists who need more computing power have traditionally defined the level of computing power in a hospital's basic PC. But in a virtual world, those users who need more computing power on their desktops can get it served to them over the network, according to officials at Imprivata.
Zero client hardware nevertheless benefits from a decent level of commodity graphics that would have been in a high-end gaming PC just a few years ago.
When I hear the rising chorus of calls for more effective return on investment of healthcare IT, it's clear to me that job one for IT right now is getting inefficient, buggy, costly-to-maintain traditional PCs off to the scrap heap, and move in the direction that Kaiser and Memorial Healthcare and others have cleared. The writing is on the wall.