According to a study done by Syntonic Inc., 87% of companies rely on their employees using personal devices to access business apps. This is great for Employees, as it allows them to maintain access to Apps and Documents through a familiar device. There are benefits for Employers as well, such as a reduction of CapEx and OpEx for IT Departments. However, as with all business decisions, there are drawbacks to employing a straightforward “Bring Your Own Device” policy in your Organization, namely lapses in security. For Healthcare Providers, BYOD policies can lead to unexpected issues with HIPAA Compliance and ultimately lead to fines and other penalties.
Solution: Desktop Virtualization
VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) is an emerging technology in all industries, but is set to particularly benefit Healthcare security. By keeping the data from ever truly residing on an Employees device, you can drastically cut down the risk of Protected Health Information being leaked if a device is lost or stolen.
By building your IT Infrastructure on Amazon Web Services, you can leverage the power of Amazon Workspaces, a fully managed, secure Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution. You can provision cloud-based Windows Desktops that your employees are familiar with, while providing them with the same access to your company apps, documents and resources from the Employees Personal device.
By storing all data in Amazon’s ‘Elastic Block Store’ Volumes, your data can be encrypted at rest using your Key Management Service of choice, or one provided by AWS. “With Amazon WorkSpaces, your organization’s data is not sent to or stored on end-user devices. The PC-over-IP (PCoIP) remote display protocol used by WorkSpaces provides the familiar desktop experience to the user while the data remains in the AWS cloud or in your on-premises environment.” AWS enables covered entities and their business associates subject to HIPAA to securely process, store, and transmit PHI.
Benefit: Cost Savings
The average business pays for IT Hardware far beyond the original date of purchase. Hard Drives fail, viruses compromise systems and there is a myriad of costs associated with Database Administration. By moving your IT Infrastructure to the cloud, you can cut the Upfront Capital Expense of buying a full services desktop for each employee. You can instead, provide staff with cheaper Thin Clients, which are minimalistic computers that are designed to provide you with just enough to get connected to your VDI. Operational Expenses are also cut back thanks to the bulk of the Administration being handled by Amazon Web Services.
Interested in moving your Healthcare Operation to the cloud to improve Security and reduce cost? Visit us at Dunwich Technologies for a free consultation. We will work with you and your IT team to develop a plan to get you started with Desktop virtualization through Amazon Web Services WorkSpaces.