Imprivata and Texas Instruments (TI) have announced a partnership to support strong authentication and secure application access for virtual desktop environments.

The new solution will combine TI's DM8148 system-on-chip (SoC) and embedded reference development kit software with Imprivata's strong authentication agent. The two companies said that this offers a solution that delivers strong user authentication into any software application delivered via a thin- or zero-client endpoint.

TI has also developed a software reference design kit (RDK) for thin and zero clients, utilising Imprivata's OneSign authentication functionality. The companies said that this allows manufacturers to simplify their development and ensure Imprivata-ready accreditation for their products.

Kim Devlin-Allen, thin client business manager of the OMAP platform business unit at TI, said: “As interest in desktop virtualisation continues to grow, the need for strong authentication and single sign-on also continues to rise.

“Meeting this demand, TI's DM8148 offers leading-edge performance and power advantages to enable cost-effective thin and zero clients, particularly in the highly regulated healthcare market. We are excited about the opportunity to showcase the DM8148 RDK software optimised with Imprivata's strong authentication technology, and to pave the way for new advancements in the embedded thin- and zero-client markets.”

David Ting, founder and chief technology officer at Imprivata, said: “In healthcare, there is little delineation between the public and private spaces in which clinicians work, and care providers are constantly accessing patient information across shared workstations throughout a hospital. This poses a unique workflow and security challenge.

“Desktop virtualisation, when coupled with no click access, provides clinicians with fast, secure access to patient information, regardless of location. Combined with TI's unparalleled technologies, Imprivata OneSign provides healthcare providers with strong authentication across more devices and operating environments than any other vendor in the industry.”