Citrix Workspace delivers Windows desktops, apps and data securely to any endpoint device
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust is deploying Citrix technology to enable innovation in an integrated care environment, following its transition to become an Integrated Care Organisation (ICO).
To tackle the need to upgrade its desktop estate from Windows 7, Salford will use Citrix Workspace on Microsoft Azure to deliver Windows desktops, apps and data securely to any endpoint device.
Citrix-Microsoft cloud solutions also gives Salford the ability to host systems for other partner organisations and to seamlessly share all information across current organisational boundaries.
As an ICO, Salford Royal now has responsibility for social care as well as healthcare, requiring close relationships with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the local council, local mental health organisations, and other providers.
As a result, the trust needed to move to an end-to-end public health approach.
From an IT service provider perspective, this required removing the barriers between these organisations and providing services across a wider footprint that were accessible to employees for the successful deployment of such shared services.
As a nominated NHS Global Digital Exemplar (GDE), the trust has been tasked with pioneering the use of digital technologies to guide other ‘fast follower’ trusts.
Salford Royal has used Citrix technology for over a decade, initially deploying its electronic patient records (EPR) system as a virtual app. The trust’s collaboration with Citrix has developed into a more strategic partnership in recent years as it faced the demands of becoming an ICO.
Key benefits of the partnership include:
Rik Wakefield, chief technical officer at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’ve put a lot of effort into bringing our technology together. The integration and streamlining has allowed us to innovate and to really progress our digital agenda.
“The reward for me is an improved health landscape and outcomes for the citizens of Salford. Ultimately, that’s how we measure ourselves as being successful.”
Darren Fields, regional director of the UK and Ireland at Citrix, added: “With Citrix technology, Salford Royal’s employees can access vital data and applications on any device, anywhere. In addition to boosting productivity, this enables the trust to take the end-to-end public health approach required of an Integrated Care Organisation focused on providing co-ordinated care and support to citizens across social care and health services.
“The trust’s ongoing partnership with Citrix not only firmly paves the way for its continued pioneering use of digital technologies, but ensures it can be confident in delivering the best-possible service to the individuals and communities it supports.”