M&A: Endpoint Management Key to a Healthy Integration

Dan O'Farrell
Written by: Dan O'FarrellPublished: September 12, 2019

“Too many cooks spoil the broth.” It’s an expression that comes to mind when thinking about how to integrate IT-related platforms when organizations merge. The healthcare sector is particularly susceptible to post-merger paralysis. According to Vertess Research, 1,182 M&A deals were completed just within U.S. healthcare alone during 2018, with seven transactions involving sellers with net revenues of over $1 Billion.

What’s the result of these mergers? Often, a ‘stew’ of mismatched platform architecture and endpoint operating systems with potentially dire consequences. Healthcare organizations face ongoing pressures to meet HIPAA, GDPR and other compliance regulations as well as providing the best possible patient outcomes. The stakes are high. These organizations must find a means of secure integration of their end user computing environment with minimal disruption.

Turns out, the answer is now at the endpoint, where a solution like IGEL OS works as a platform-independent vehicle for unifying endpoint management and control – whether the merged entities are using standard Windows machines, specialized devices, monitors, and other peripherals designed specifically for healthcare, or other systems.

Rapid integration of different endpoint devices and operating systems is now possible because IGEL already supports an extensive ecosystem of over 80 partner technologies. This enables healthcare staff to offer more productive and effective inpatient care by having all the latest tools constantly available.  Critical to this is making sure the organization is using the very latest virtualization client software from Citrix, Microsoft or VMware. IGEL OS supports this modernization by providing secure access to virtualized applications, desktops and cloud workspaces. Whether a clinician or staff member is working at a hospital main site, a clinic satellite or using telemedicine from a remote location, IGEL will provide that user with access to all the tools they need to provide the best patient care.  And the IT staff will remain in full control of all IGEL-powered endpoints, on the healthcare organization’s private network or off.

Organizations across industry sectors are coming to realize the answer is not to be found in keeping Windows at the edge and refreshing legacy hardware, but in placing Windows where it belongs – in the data center or cloud – and using a software-driven endpoint management solution like IGEL to quickly and economically deploy the latest user experience technology across the merged enterprise.

Our solution brief is a quick read on how IGEL can help M&A healthcare organizations navigate through disparate technologies and quickly achieve a result that brings a consistent, productive user experience to support excellent patient care. If you’re interested in learning more about IGEL solutions for healthcare, join us at HIMSS 15th Annual Fall Conference on Oct. 21-23 in Williamsburg, VA. You can register today, here.

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