News Feature | December 19, 2014

Communications Platform To Replace Pagers At Vermont Medical Center

Julia Ernst

By Julia Ernst, contributing writer


The secure communication platform will allow for mobile and desktop messaging across the Medical Center’s network of four hospitals.

The University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center has instituted Imprivata Cortext within its network of four hospitals to improve communication and care. Imprivata Cortext is a secure communication platform that allows for mobile and desktop messaging of HIPAA-verified information across different care teams and health organizations.

The system features single sign-on authentication management. Imprivata Cortext supports native platforms for iPhones, iPads, Android-based devices, and desktops. Providers both inside and outside the facility can use the system.

The UVM Medical Center will use the Imprivata Cortext system to replace pagers, according to a news release on the implementation. The health system will leverage the secure communications platform across corporate- and employee-owned devices. In addition, the implementation of Imprivata Cortext provides UVM Medical Center with an out-of-band solution that can be used to alert staff in the event of a disaster, which would include a network outage.

The UVM Medical Center is part of the medical school at the University of Vermont and serves patients in Vermont and northern New York. The system includes a Level 1-certified trauma center and a children’s hospital. The implementation of the Imprivata Cortext system will support the Medical Center’s emerging bring-your-own-device initiative.

“One of our objectives is to give our providers technology that is both easy-to-use and secure. Imprivata Cortext helps us accomplish this by providing a solution that meets HIPAA compliance and patient privacy requirements,” Heather Roszkowski, chief information security officer at UVM Medical Center, noted. “Imprivata Cortext also gives providers an effective solution that works on corporate and personal devices as well as on desktops and other endpoints through the hospital.”

SOURCE: Imprivata