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Seattle Children’s Hospital Wins Technology Award for Innovative Cloud Client Computing Approach

August 02, 2011

Implementation of Wyse Industry-Leading Zero Clients Will Improve Delivery of Care, Streamline Work and Reduce IT Costs Over Time

SAN JOSE, CA & SEATTLE, WA – Wyse Technology, the global leader in cloud client computing, and Seattle Children's Hospital today announced that Seattle Children’s has been named a winner of the 2011 AMDIS Awards for its strategic use of cloud and zero client information technology. 

The AMDIS Awards for excellence, outstanding achievement and special recognition in Applied Medical Informatics are presented by the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems. These awards honor individuals and/or organizations for successful application of information systems/technology in the practice of medicine. The awards were presented at the 20th annual AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium on July 13, 2011 in Ojai, Calif.

Seattle Children’s turned to the Wyse Xenith zero client as a replacement to PCs to speed caregiver access to patient data throughout the hospital, adding efficiencies for staff and ultimately improving the delivery of care. Seattle Children’s is consistently ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

 “Wyse has been a crucial partner in helping us simplify our IT infrastructure. Over the next five years, we anticipate that by using Wyse Xenith, in lieu of legacy hardware we’ll save over $6 million in hardware and energy costs, as well as thousands of hours in staff time,” said Wes Wright, vice president and chief technology officer at Seattle Children’s. “Removing waste from our systems and processes is a component of our ongoing Continuous Performance Improvement (CPI) philosophy and improvement approach, which enable us to dedicate more of our valuable resources to delivering the best care possible to patients and families – our number one job. Every minute we can save of staff time and every dollar we can save directly leads to better care.”

Transferring from using PCs in favor of the Wyse Xenith zero client is a key component of the hospital’s virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) initiative that was born out of the hospital’s overarching strategy to improve the quality of care and find efficiencies for increased staff productivity.  When staff spend less time at the computer, they have more time for direct patient contact.

Seattle Children's deployed a desktop virtualization solution leveraging Citrix XenDesktop® and Citrix XenApp™ in concert with approximately 3,000 Wyse Xenith zero clients.  This implementation has accelerated systems logins from several minutes to just 20 seconds, saving staff time and improving patient interactions; virtually eliminated desktop technical issues, enhancing patient service and saving, over the next five years, an estimated $1.2 million of IT staff time, $6 million in PC replacement costs, and $1.5 million in energy cost. 

View the Video: about Seattle Children’s use of Wyse Xenith zero clients

“Seattle Children’s continues to demonstrate leadership and strategic vision when it comes to IT.  Wyse is proud to be a key partner in the hospital’s efforts to set a high-level of standard for healthcare. Congratulations to Seattle Children’s for this well-deserved recognition,” said Maryam Alexandrian, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Channels at Wyse Technology.

For more information about Wyse Xenith next-generation zero clients, please visit, http://www.wyse.com/products/hardware/zeroclients/Xenith/index.asp

For more information about Wyse's healthcare solutions, please visit, http://www.wyse.com/solutions/healthcare/index.asp

For more information about Seattle Children’s Continuous Performance Improvement efforts, please visit: http://www.seattlechildrens.org/about/continuous-performance-improvement/

About Wyse Technology

Wyse Technology is the global leader in Cloud Client Computing.  The Wyse portfolio includes industry-leading thin, zero and cloud PC client solutions with advanced management, desktop virtualization and cloud software supporting desktops, laptops and next generation mobile devices.  Cloud client computing replaces the outdated computing model of the unsecure, unreliable, energy-intensive and expensive PC, all while delivering lower TCO and a superior user experience.  Wyse has shipped more than 20 million units and has over 200 million people interacting with their products each day, enabling the leading private, public, hybrid and government cloud implementations worldwide.  Wyse partners with industry-leading IT vendors, including Cisco, Citrix®, IBM®, Microsoft, and VMware® as well as globally-recognized distribution and service partners.  Wyse is headquartered in San Jose, California, U.S.A., with offices worldwide.  More information can be found at www.wyse.com or call 1-800-GET-WYSE.

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About Seattle Children's Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org.

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