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February 24, 2009 02:00 ET

ANS Group revolutionises access to patient records with ?virtual desktop? solution

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                  Clinical PCs at patients' bedside will save NHS time and money
                                                 
        ANS Group revolutionises access to patient records with 'virtual desktop' solution


Manchester,  24 February 2009 - ANS Group and Quest Software have partnered to provide  a  virtual
desktop development for Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust. The solution will serve  up  to
2000  users,  allowing medical staff to access patient records securely and efficiently  at  their
desktop  and  at  the  bedside. The solution will provide the trust with greater  efficiencies  in
working practice, leading to cost savings and improved security practices.

The unique SmartiD authentication solution, developed by ANS Group, combined with Quest vWorkspace
provided by the Desktop Virtualisation Group of Quest Software (formerly Provision Networks), will
enable NPfIT card users to seamlessly access NHS national applications through the virtualised
desktop. Users can access their corporate desktop from any terminal in the hospital including
bedside entertainment units, only available when the NPflT smartcard is inserted. The desktop can
then automatically revert back to the generic workstation or entertainment system once the card is
removed. The terminals will not hold any patient data once the smartcard is removed, eliminating
the risk of data theft.

"The  scheme  has  been high on the Trust's desirable developments list for some  time  and  could
dramatically  transform  current patient record systems." explains  Russell  Banks,  Head  of  IT,
Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust. "The solution will allow medical and nursing  staff  to
increase  the  time  they spend on patient care, giving patients more of the individual  attention
they  require, by reducing the need to log in and out of numerous systems. Other benefits  include
the  reduction  of  the endless administrative paper trail, freeing up revenue which  can  now  be
invested into other areas of improving patient care."

Martin Bradburn, Technical Director, ANS Group comments: "ANS Group has a great record of
innovation when it comes to using technology to solve problems and we are very proud and excited
about the potential for this solution. Implementation across the NHS would have significant
benefits for medical services in the UK, and we look forward to working with Sheffield and other
NHS trusts to roll this out."

The solution will allow a highly scalable Microsoft Windows service to run inside a virtual
machine appliance. The entertainment systems will then be able to communicate with the virtualised
datacenter via a web interface, allowing medical staff access to the virtual infrastructure and
patient records. The Trust hopes to implement the system initially as a trial on one ward that
will then be rolled out to the rest of the bedside terminal devices, up to 140 in total, in order
to reap the benefits of the technology.
                                                 

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About ANS Group
ANS Group is a technology infrastructure specialist in the provision of hardware, software and
24/7 managed services to UK Enterprise businesses. Operating within both public and private
sectors, its leading and award-winning solutions are offered in three key areas; Unified
Communications & Wireless, Storage, Storage Management & Virtualisation, and Security & Identity
Management.

Based in Manchester, ANS Group delivers consistently high levels of customer service through all
project deployments and ongoing support to its 400 plus client base. Working closely with key
partners Cisco, Microsoft, Novell, VMware and Smart Identity allows ANS Group to offer an
unrivalled level of expertise and experience in the multifaceted industry of IT.


About Sheffield Children's Hospital
Sheffield  Children's  NHS  Trust  was established in 1992  and  is  a  major  provider  of
healthcare for children and young people in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and beyond.

The Trust provides integrated health care and adopts a comprehensive approach to supporting
children  and  families.  The Trust is in the middle of rolling  out  a  bespoke  bed  head
entertainment  system  for  the children supported by the Trust's  charity  (The  Sheffield
Children's Hospital Charity).

About Quest Software, Inc.
Quest Software, Inc., a leading enterprise systems management vendor, delivers innovative products
that help organizations get more performance and productivity from their applications, databases,
Windows infrastructure and virtual environments. Quest also provides customers with client
management through its ScriptLogic subsidiary and server virtualization management through its
Vizioncore subsidiary. Through a deep expertise in IT operations and a continued focus on what
works best, Quest helps more than 100,000 customers worldwide meet higher expectations for
enterprise IT. Quest Software can be found in offices around the globe and at www.quest.com.




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