DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University Medical Center is implementing solutions from IBM to provide access to patient records from any workstation at any time.

IBM is automating identification and passwords are coordinated across access devices ranging from laptops to kiosks so doctors and staff can get patient information at any Duke Medical facility, IBM said.

New or visiting clinicians will also have quick access to the Duke network, including the computerized physician order entry system, which is used to authorize most requirements for patient care.

“For hospitals, there can be no such thing as downtime, and technology can be so much more than just a facilitator of routine administrative tasks,” said Asif Ahmad, vice president of diagnostic services and chief information officer at Duke Medicine. “We view IT as a way to improve the way our hospitals operate for the well being of our patients. IBM is helping us make sure these vital systems remain operating constantly, that they remain secure, and that the right people have access to them.”

The IBM solution also includes a “dashboard” that provides a status overview of information technology systems and monitors for potential problems such as security threats or network degradation.

IBM Tivoli software, IBM Lotus Notes and IBM servers were used in providing the Duke solution.

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