Healthcare access and identity management specialists, Sentillion, today launched a ‘plug and go’ single sign-on (SSO) solution called ExpreSSO.
Sentillion bills ExpreSSO as offering fast access to a remedy for multiple sign-ons.
Healthcare staff frequently complain about having to memorise multiple passwords to access different applications within their hospital system. Resetting forgotten passwords can be a major task for IT departments or a high cost if the work is done externally.
The Boston-based company which has been quietly building a UK base with users including Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), London, says ExpreSSO is the only healthcare-specific, enterprise-class SSO solution that is low cost, full featured and reduces deployment time from months to days.
Sentillion’s Paul Roscoe, president of worldwide sales and marketing, explained: “While working with over 450 hospitals to implement comprehensive identity and access management solutions for their clinical care environments, we noticed an emerging trend where organisations wish to focus initially on single sign-on. ExpreSSO was created to meet this need by dramatically reducing the cost and complexity classically associated with single sign-on deployments.”
The new solution is compatible with NHS Smartcards and, according to Sentillion, compliments NHS Connecting for Health (CfH) developments.
The original National Programme for IT vision of end-to-end solutions for England’s NHS would have lessened the need for external SSO solutions. However, the emerging trend towards a greater diversity of solutions and the adoption of a wider range of suppliers than originally envisaged makes single sign-on an increasingly important issue.
GOSH, announced last year that it was working with Sentillion on a sophisticated implementation that not only cuts the number of passwords clinicians need to access patient information, but also gives them a converged view of data from different applications.
Good progress is reported on the GOSH installation. Other users include Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.
ExpreSSO is seen as offering a rapid route into the process of streamlining access and identity management in a clinical setting. It can also act as ‘phase one’ in an incremental approach more advanced work.