With its software for applications publication and desktop virtualisation, Systancia has been a key partner to large hospitals since its formation. We operate within various environments in the medical world, including clinics, hospitals, university hospitals, psychiatric units, medical associations and GP surgeries and also health-related organisations such as private medical insurance funds.
The healthcare sector is particularly demanding with regard to the need of a very high degree of availability (an emergency service has to operate 24/7, 365 days a year), specific mobility requirements, high demands in terms of authentication, dedicated needs in terms of digitisation, activity applications entailing a close relationship with the market leaders (McKesson, AGFA, Siemens, etc.) and adjustment to the context of desktop virtualisation.
The architecture of AppliDis Fusion 4 is designed for redundancy with a high degree of availability.
It has the following advantages:
- suitable for small hospitals and hospitals with thousands of desktops alike,
- transparent for the user without the need for human intervention in the event of the failure of one of the architectural nodes,
- independent of any other technology and does not require the purchase of dedicated licences – for example, it is not necessary to have a cluster version of database servers,
- each node may be redundant.
Mobility is a significant aspect of hospital activity. We have integrated functions which allow the medical staff to do away with the constraints of the fixed desktop. For example, the smart connection mode in AppliDis, coupled with an authentication badge or an identification chip card, makes it possible to begin working at a desktop without the need to enter a password (SSO mode), to leave that desktop and automatically resume the job at another desktop.
Authentication is a vital element in order to protect the confidentiality of patient files. It is not possible to compromise on these issues. AppliDis compatible with the most common systems used in healthcare establishments throughout the world, for example the integration in SSO mode of chip card systems (with or without contact, card CPS 2, CPS 3).
AppliDis Fusion 4 includes a scanner function to link the specific applications in the medical world in order, for example, to digitise a document on a patient. This includes the management of the scanner-type hardware systems, radiology equipment, webcams etc. The protocol used by these functions is Twain.
Systancia has developed strong partnerships with the principal publishers in the healthcare sector (McKesson, AGFA’s Orbis software, Sante.com from Siemens, etc.) where AppliDis provides a high degree of value-add. For example, the software publisher McKesson regularly offers the AppliDis solution to publish its applications such as the Référence/Evoluance range, CROSSWAY, McK-PH, etc.
Lastly, AppliDis Fusion 4, with its approach to desktop virtualisation, provides an ideal solution for generalised desktops throughout hospitals. In the medical sector, the merged approach to the virtualisation of applications and desktops within the AppliDis product covers all requirements. For example, one hospital has deployed a complete AppliDis architecture with thin clients. Three-quarters of the users access their virtual activities applications whilst for the remaining one-quarter the members of the hospital’s medical laboratory are able to access a virtualised Vista office stored on a VMWare ESX infrastructure.