Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced that the Veterans Affairs Hospital (VA) has installed the Sun Ray ultra-thin client solution to deliver highly secure and mobile access to all hospital patient records. This state-of-the art technology uses no hard drive, no operating system and consumes on average 80 percent less power than a typical desktop PC. Healthcare providers can attend to patients while electronically carrying their records throughout the hospital via the Sun Ray ultra-thin client's "hot desking" feature, allowing a caregiver's "secure session" to follow him or her automatically from thin client to thin client across the entire hospital campus.
Sun Ray ultra-thin client is designed to make applications easy to access via Java Card technology-enabled smart cards. The smart card feature is currently being implemented for the VA's Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure Project (AAIP) program. Physicians gain access to secure medical records more quickly by using the smart card, including digital certificates. In addition patient records are much more secure when accessed via Sun Ray ultra-thin clients instead of traditional desktop technology.
Upon inserting the smart card and entering a password, doctors at VA Hospitals have immediate access to patient files and other critical applications. Once the doctor has finished reviewing files, removes the smart card and walks away, the ultra-thin client display automatically turns blank and is locked. Sun Ray ultra-thin clients are located throughout VA Hospitals and clinics, in convenient locations such as emergency rooms and admission centers, allowing doctors to have easy and secure access to patient records as they move throughout the hospital.
Because there is no data, application, or operating system running on the Sun Ray ultra-thin client, it is immune to computer viruses. Additionally, since the Sun Ray ultra-thin client solution offers easy set-up and requires virtually no staff training or desktop administration, it provides a compelling alternative to PC desktop systems.