Norfolk and Norwich University Healthcare NHS Trust has implemented a new single sign-on framework, which will enable clinical users to log onto all software applications using one password.

The trust will implement single sign-on software from Imprivata, to be installed by Enline, across its busy A&E department in an effort to reduce time spent on log-ins. If successful, the system will then be deployed trust-wide.

Bill Fisher, head of IT, at NNUH told E-Health Insider: “This proven product will enhance our existing data security policies and make password management more secure throughout the trust.”

Fisher added: “The OneSign software will allow us to have clear and straightforward security policies across all of our applications.

Using the system, Fisher says the trust will have full auditability of Norfolk and Norwich’s users, vital for data assurance and protection.

“Security of data is paramount to us…we can ensure that governance procedures are being followed,” he said.

The system will integrate with the existing Connecting for Health (CfH) smartcard technology, allowing users to sign on to all applications using one smartcard and pin number.

It will also enable the trust to monitor, capture and log password-related user events for all of the Trust’s SSO enabled users in a centralised audit log.

Administrators can monitor access records for every user, application or workstation in one central location.

Fisher said: “The system will notably deliver efficiency savings through a reduction in downtime caused by users being locked out of their computers.”

Mike Nelsey, managing director at Enline told EHI that data security is a key issue for NHS Trusts and suppliers are keen to help trusts manage the data they store in an easy, but secure manner.

“As trusts manage sensitive data on a daily basis, keeping data secure but easily accessible is very important. Users need to switch between multiple applications at a moment’s notice.

“OneSign provides NHS trusts with strong authentication support across all applications, local and national, and secure and effective password management, whilst integrating perfectly with NHS Smartcards.”