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Singapore: Citrix Delivers Desktop Virtualisation for Public Health Staff Mobility
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management, Internet Governance
Country: Singapore
Created: Apr 01, 2014

Public healthcare facilities in Singapore will see their staff’s productivity and mobility improve as they leverage desktop virtualisation. Singapore Health Ministry’s IT arm, Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), today announced an agreement with Citrix, believed to be the first such agreement in the ASEAN public sector.


IHiS Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Chong Yoke Sin, remarked, “The virtualisation technology will enable a consistent desktop experience for doctors and healthcare staff when retrieving latest data on the patient’s status across different healthcare facilities. This will promote efficient information sharing and seamless care integration along the care continuum.”


IHis designs and manages IT systems at all Singapore public hospitals, national speciality centres and polyclinics, supporting over 30,000 staff. With this agreement, Citrix will deliver virtual applications and desktops for participating public healthcare institutions for five years.


Desktop virtualisation separates applications and data from the staff’s computers, storing information in a central database rather than in computers. With this doctors and staff will be able to use mobile devices and access patient data with high security across locations and institutions as they provide timely patient care.


“As data is not held in the staff’s PC, patient information is not compromised in situations when the device is lost. The centrally secured database protects patient data from intrusion or loss,” Dr. Chong explained.
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