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Q3 Updates – What’s New with VMware Virtual Workspace for Healthcare

Written in collaboration with Cris Lau, Product Line Manager for End User Computing at VMware.

Healthcare organizations today are innovating to support their digital workspace strategy, streamline processes, and improve patient care. VMware End User Computing (EUC) solutions for healthcare are tailored to deliver mobile management, desktop virtualization and app delivery solutions that enable healthcare organizations to deliver the best patient care at the lowest price while driving increased patient satisfaction.

We are excited to announce the best Horizon release yet: VMware Horizon 7 version 7.10 (ten) with Horizon client 5.2. This release is a new Extended Service Branch (ESB), with additional features not available in earlier ESB’s. As part of this Horizon release, we are also making available the highly anticipated VMware Horizon Deployment Guide for Healthcare (available to customers on VMware Tech Zone).

What’s New in VMware Horizon 7 version 7.10 & Horizon Clients 5.2

The 7.10 release of VMware Horizon 7 includes new features and enhancements to Horizon platform, the Horizon HTML5 Console, Horizon Agent and Blast enhancements, and VMware Horizon Client. The list below includes highlights of the 7.10 release. For full details on this release, please refer to the Horizon 7.10 blog and product documentation.

Healthcare-specific deliverables in Horizon 7.10

  • Third-party Healthcare-specific products:
    • Horizon ESB releases are listed on Epic’s Target Platform
    • Imprivata OneSign 6.3
    • Nuance Dragon Medical One (DMO) 5
  • Logon as current user, with one-way AD trust
  • Idle timeout enhancements for VDI & RDSH
  • Horizon agent to configure RDS server role if not already set
  • Nested mode (double-hop) support for RTAV
  • Rest-based monitoring API’s
  • Enhanced diagnostic for slow logon in Dynamic Environment Management (formerly User Environment Management)

Additional Features in 7.10

  • Cloud Pod Architecture (CPA) supports backup and restore of configuration.
  • Multiple audio & video device support with RTAV
  • Adaptive CODEC for Blast and multi-CODEC support
  • CPU optimization with Blast Extreme H.264
  • Browser content redirection
  • Horizon HTML5 console is now at feature parity with the Flash-based console

Horizon Clients

  • Client-side setting for screen resolution
  • Key commands to move cursor focus
  • Lightweight Windows and Mac clients better Blast
  • Support HTML Access with AirWatch secure browser

Horizon 7.10 Extended Service Branch

Horizon 7.10 is an Extended Service Branch (ESB) release. This ESB release is comprised of the following feature/components: Horizon 7.10, App Volumes 2.18, Dynamic Environment Manager 9.9, UAG 3.7. The support of Horizon 7.10 on VMware products (e.g., vSphere, vSAN, etc.) can be found in the VMware product interoperability matrices.  Lastly, customers already on Horizon 7.5 ESB can immediately upgrade to 7.10 ESB.

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Peripheral Validation Lab

In Q3, the EUC peripheral lab is completing validation of devices/peripherals for nested mode and RTAV use cases. In addition, based on your feedback, we will be adding client versions information to the published results.

You can find the latest results here.

VMware Horizon Deployment Guide for Healthcare

The VMware Horizon Deployment Guide for Healthcare will be available on VMware Tech Zone – with general availability of Horizon 7.10. The purpose of this deployment guide is to help healthcare organizations create an application delivery strategy by understanding user requirements and how applications are consumed at the point of care, including information on VMware Horizon support with third party products.

Horizon 7.10 and CART 5.2 Blogs & Videos



VMworld: Healthcare Sessions & Healthcare Case Study Breakout Session

Healthcare Sessions at VMworld were a success!

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EUC Healthcare session – Panel Discussion

A packed room of healthcare customers attended the EUC Healthcare session at VMworld. The main event was the panel discussion by IT leaders from Indiana University (IU) Health, Ochsner Health System, Vitas Healthcare, and Impact Advisors. This interactive discussion covered key IT challenges in healthcare and employee experience, and discussed how VMware played a critical role in the panelists’ healthcare organizations.

Furthermore, Chris Poyner, Principle Technical Architect from Sentara Healthcare, led the recorded breakout session: Case Study: Making it Epic – A Journey to Success (ADV1227BU). In this session, Chris shared his experience, lessons learned, and how his organization worked closely with VMware to migrate from Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp to VMware Horizon to deliver Epic EMR.

Lastly, we were delighted to have over 100 customers join us for the VMworld Healthcare Breakout Session featuring Vitas Healthcare and Ochsner Health System.


Take our Horizon 7 Hands-On Lab here.