Duke University Health System to Implement Clinically Optimized, Advanced Authentication Solution From Sentillion

Monday, June 9, 2008 General News
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ANDOVER, Mass., June 9 Duke University Health System isdeploying a new advanced authentication capability from Sentillion, calledSentillion Tap & Go(TM), to streamline information systems access for its14,000 clinical users while maintaining strong data and application security.Duke will deploy Sentillion Tap & Go on over 3,100 shared workstations.

Duke, one of the elite medical centers in the United States, according toU.S. News & World Report, is already live on Vergence, Sentillion's clinicalworkstation solution which includes Single Sign-On (SSO) and contextmanagement. Now with the implementation of Tap & Go physicians and othercaregivers will be able to roam throughout a defined work area and sign on todifferent workstations simply by tapping their standard-issue passiveproximity identification badge against a workstation reader. The system willdramatically speed and simplify clinicians' access to vital patient recordsand software applications that have become essential to their professionaleffectiveness.

"It is rare in enterprise IT today to be able to plug and play twodisparate pieces of technology," observed Karen Rourk, Director of AmbulatoryEMR and Desktop Development at Duke University Health System. "Sentillion Tap& Go makes our identity and access management fully complementary to ourphysical security system. When we implemented Vergence we experienced adramatic savings in the amount of time it took caregivers to sign in andaccess their applications and now with Sentillion Tap & Go we can furtherreduce the time it takes to authenticate by as much as 50% -- something weknow our caregivers will appreciate."

Sentillion Tap & Go is a patent-pending, advanced authenticationcapability that leverages standard passive proximity cards to deliver thesimplest sign-on process in the healthcare industry today. Sentillion Tap &Go is easy to adopt because it leverages the same badge that organizations usefor physical access. Caregivers can now use one badge for entry into theparking lot, building access, as well as single sign-on to their workstation.

With Sentillion Tap & Go, users perform a two-part authentication at thebeginning of their shift by tapping their passive proximity card against acard reader and entering their password or providing other verifiableauthentication such as a fingerprint biometric. Once this two-partauthentication is completed, Sentillion's technology initiates anauthentication grace period. During the grace period, the user can access anyother shared workstation in a defined area, such as the emergency department,simply by tapping their badge against a reader. Users only need to perform thetwo-part authentication when their grace period expires or when they move toan area of the hospital with a different Sentillion Tap & Go policy.

Sentillion's identity and access management solutions are the most widelydeployed in healthcare and are used daily by more than 350,000 caregivers in560 hospitals across North America and the United Kingdom, includingEisenhower Medical Center, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Sisters of MercyHealth System, Sharp HealthCare and Texas Children's Hospital. Sentillion isresponsible for the largest SSO deployment in healthcare, which presentlyprovides access to 182 clinical applications for 42,000 users across 34hospitals and continues to expand in all three areas.

About Duke University Health System

Duke University Health System is a world-class health care network thatprovides a complete continuum of health services to residents of NorthCarolina's research triangle area and beyond. Duke University Medical Center-- the hub of the health system -- is consistently ranked among the top 10health care organizations in the country. The Health System also includes tworespected community hospitals, Durham Regional Hospital and Duke HealthRaleigh Hospital; primary a

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