Access to NHS Spine transformed with new virtual smartcard



A new virtual smartcard solution has been launched which provides fast, secure access to NHS Spine-enabled applications without the need for physical cards.

Imprivata, a digital identity company for healthcare, has announced its new Imprivata OneSign Spine Combined Workflow Plus, which improves security by eliminating smartcard workarounds and supports compliance with NHS information governance standards.

Imprivata’s virtual smartcard also removes the need for clinicians to remember login details, saving time throughout the day as they access the NHS Spine, allowing greater focus on delivering patient care. It also supports NHS Spine session roaming which enables clinicians to move from location to location, patient to patient, accessing clinical information on whichever device or computer is to hand.

Gus Malezis, CEO of Imprivata, says: “The COVID-19 pandemic has driven rapid adoption of new technology within the NHS and changed forever the way that care services are delivered.

“At Imprivata we are committed to enabling digital transformation by providing solutions that solve healthcare’s highly complex clinical workflow, security and compliance challenges. This latest development in the Imprivata OneSign platform recognises our NHS customers’ need for a fully integrated virtual smartcard that will remove barriers to technology at the point of care.”

With no printing required, the virtual smartcards can be created and deployed to users at scale, facilitating efficient, secure, compliant access from any site or location without the need for expensive hardware.

Imprivata OneSign Spine Combined Workflow Plus supports role-based identities, enabling users to swiftly switch roles for varying clinical functions, while providing an audit-trail and compliance with the NHS Data Security Protection Toolkit, and EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The business is currently working with NHS Digital on their accreditation process in parallel to the release of the product.


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