Imprivata OneSign Secure Walk-Away Technology

While at Innovations a couple of weeks back I stumbled across the Imprivata booth at the vendor expo. There were quite a few people gathered around the booth so I obliged my curiosity and squeezed in among the crowd. The Imprivata representatives were giving a demonstration of the company’s OneSign 4.5 application with Walk-Away technology. There must be something compelling about the Imprivata line of products as I found myself blogging about their OneSign Platform about this time last year.

The Walk-Away technology was impressive. As long as a user was standing in front of the computer camera they remained logged in. However, as soon as the user turned to walk away they were immediately logged out of their session. This is a significant step forward in managing those unattended workstations that one often finds throughout the hospital.

From the Imprivata website: “OneSign Secure Walk-Away closes a critical security gap in the protection of confidential information assets by automating the process of securing the desktop when a user ‘walks away’. Once a user has securely authenticated to the desktop using OneSign Authentication Management, OneSign Secure Walk-Away uses a combination of computer vision, active presence detection, and user tracking technologies to identify an authenticated user and automatically lock the desktop upon their departure.”

You can read more about the system here (PDF). Try as I might I could not find a video demonstration of the Walk-Away system; too bad really as the system has to be seen to be appreciated. I’m not a big fan of single sign-on systems (SSO) in general for various reasons, but I’m willing to reconsider my position when SSO is used in combination with biometric identification, voice recognition or facial recognition technology. It’s just too cool to ignore.

Cool Technology for Pharmacy

There were several vendors strutting their stuff at Siemens Innovations this week in Philadelphia. Here are a couple of products I thought were pretty cool.


Imprivata OneSign Platform:”Imprivata helps organizations secure employee, contractor and temporary hire access to desktops, networks, applications, and transactions – – enforcing who gets access; providing visibility into what was accessed; and ultimately, terminating all of a user’s network and application access, instantly. Imprivata OneSign® is an identity and access management platform that strengthens user authentication to networks; streamlines application access; and simplifies the process of compliance reporting–all delivered through a secure, self-contained appliance that requires zero modifications to existing IT infrastructure, and is centrally managed from a single administrative console. “ – The Imprivata OneSign Platform offers single sign-on to all enterprise applications. This is something I’ve been interested in as pharmacists have to log into no less than five different systems to do their job; at our facility anyway. It makes sense to me to use information from a single location to create single sign-on access for employees. The OneSign Platform is pretty flexible, allowing users to choose from password validation, proximity cards, RFID, biometric scan, and flash drives among other options for user authentication.

toughbook_t8Toughbook T8: “Lightweight, yet Durable – Weighing in at 3.3 lbs., the Toughbook® T8 business-rugged laptop combines light weight and durability, with a built-in a magnesium alloy case, sanitizable rubber hand strap, embedded wireless, and added security and remote management with Intel® Centrino® 2 with vProâ„¢ technology. Built with legendary Toughbook reliability and unparalleled portability, the drop- and spill-resistant Toughbook T8 keeps up with today’s busy mobile professionals.” – I had an opportunity to play with this tough little dude and I have to say I was impressed. The T8 is light enough to hold securely in one hand via the strap located on the underside. It’s not a full blown tablet PC, but does offer a nice touchscreen interface, which allows you to move around the screen with only your finger. And it’s tough. The T8 is designed to survive a fall of 2.5-3 feet. The only thing missing, in my opinion, was a swivel screen.