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Google Cloud Partners with Imprivata on Single Sign-On Access

Announced this week at HIMSS19, the collaboration will allow providers to just tap their badge to access Chrome workstations and gain access to virtual desktop environments.

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By Jessica Davis

- Imprivata, a health IT security firm, is partnering with Google Cloud to enable single sign-on capabilities on Chrome devices in the healthcare sector, the companies announced this week at HIMSS19.

The collaboration will leverage Imprivata OneSign, a single sign-on and virtual desktop access healthcare platform, to eliminate the need for providers to repeatedly type in their usernames and passwords. OneSign is a HIPAA-compliant end-to-end authentication and access management tool that reduces the need for passwords and bolsters security.

Providers will be able to tap their badge to gain access to their Google Chrome workstations and virtual desktop environments like VMWare and Citrix, officials explained.

Further, it will allow automatic sign-on into G Suite for seamless access to office collaboration and productivity tools. The goal is to fuel faster boot times and add multiple layers of security with Chrome operating systems.

Google officials said the Imprivata integration will also provide patients with secure access on Chrome devices, without risking patient health information exposure.

“Working with Google Cloud, we’re able to give practitioners instant access to their virtual desktop environment and allow patients to access entertainment and education on Chrome devices without risking exposure of PHI,” Wes Wright, Imprivata Chief Technology Officer, said in a statement.

Multi-factor authentication is crucial to reducing cyber risk, including phishing attacks, by ensuring it’s the patient or provider at the access point and not a cybercriminal.

During HIMSS19, Google also announced it will expand its functionality with Healthcast QuickAccess and ExactAccess bade sign-in for Healthcast’s new electronic prescribing for controlled substances (ECPS) features. The collaboration will allow providers to securely prescribe controlled substances electronically with the tap of a badge. Healthcast can also be used with VMWare and Citrix.

This week, Verily, a health data innovation company owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, announced it was developing a physical campus dedicated to opioid treatment and recovery in Dayton, Ohio.

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