VMware Streamlines Electronic Medical Record Delivery through Spectrum Health’s Cloud Computing Environment

Spectrum Health Selects VMware ThinApp™ to Transform the Delivery of Patient Care

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Feb. 22, 2011 – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced that Spectrum Health has chosen VMware ThinApp™ to provide fast and efficient access to point-of-care applications, electronic medical records (EMR) and patient data from their cloud computing environment.

Spectrum Health, a premier national healthcare provider, has experienced significant growth over the last few years, and currently has more than 16,700 employees including 1,500 medical staff members, nine hospitals, 170 service sites and over 2,000 licensed beds.

Streamlining EMR Delivery through the Cloud:

In 2010, Spectrum Health set out to build a private cloud to deliver mission critical medical applications-as-a-service from their datacenter. Their existing infrastructure, a mixture of traditional client/server modules and application publishing, was not sufficient for a larger scale environment. Spectrum Health needed a solution that would scale and accommodate their plans for expansion.

Spectrum Health partnered with Data Strategy, a trusted Premier VMware Solution Provider, to develop a cloud computing and desktop virtualization strategy to transform their existing desktop and application infrastructure into a modern, adaptive environment, enabling them to scale on demand while minimizing risk and reducing costs.

Spectrum Health chose to deploy VMware ThinApp™ as a key step to move from a physical to a virtual environment. Virtualizing key medical applications such as Epic Hyperspace, Cerner Millennium and McKesson’s Horizon Homecare, allows Spectrum Health to standardize and streamline application delivery from their datacenter to existing desktop devices. This bridging strategy will enable Spectrum Health’s IT team to easily migrate to a completely cloud-based environment.

VMware ThinApp™ provides Spectrum Health clinicians with non-stop, easy access to their point-of-care medical applications from a wide variety of devices inside and outside of their facilities.

Comments on the News:

“Using VMware ThinApp™ for application virtualization was a natural progression for Spectrum. We already adopted VMware for server virtualization and were interested in having a single solution and common platform to manage our cloud environment.  Working with Data Strategy and leveraging their experience in implementing real world virtualization solutions was key to our success. Together we were able to develop a logical migration towards our virtual desktop initiative in a non-disruptive and modular approach.”
— Scott Dresen, vice president, Enterprise Technology Services, Spectrum Health

“VMware ThinApp™ provides a bridge for healthcare organizations like Spectrum Health to transition from their existing workstation model to a virtualized model without noticeable disruption for users. VMware ThinApp™ is the enabler towards realizing the cost savings and administrative efficiencies associated with desktop virtualization.”
— Brandon Sanders, solutions architect, Data Strategy

“VMware is committed to helping our healthcare customers reduce the cost and complexity of their existing desktop and application infrastructures, while improving the workflow of clinicians. One way we do this is by empowering our solution provider partners to deliver robust end-to-end solutions. Bringing the power of the cloud to healthcare by delivering applications-as-a-service from the data center will modernize legacy environments and allow clinicians unprecedented levels of efficiency. All with the goal of providing better patient care.”
— Christopher Young, vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware

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About VMware:

VMware delivers virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable IT organizations to energize businesses of all sizes.  With the industry leading virtualization platform – VMware vSphere ® – customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2010 revenues of $2.9 billion, more than 250,000 customers and 25,000 partners, VMware is the leader in virtualization, which consistently ranks as a top priority among CIOs. VMware is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com

About Data Strategy:

Data Strategy is the solution provider of choice for architecture and delivery of information technology solutions that bring immediate benefits to organizations looking to reduce cost and complexity. Data Strategy’s offerings include server and desktop virtualization, enterprise storage, data archiving and retention, and managed procurement solutions. As a recognized leader in the virtualization space, Data Strategy was awarded the VMware Central Region Partner of the Year and selected to participate on the VMware Partner Technical Advisory Board (PTAB). Data Strategy was among the initial VMware partners to invest and focus on virtualization solutions and is one of an elite few VMware Premier Partners in North America with demonstrated expertise in all VMware competency areas. Data Strategy is a VMware Authorized Consulting (VAC) partner.

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