Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust has deployed Imprivata's OneSign 4.5 technology across its sites.

Providing secure access to 1,000 users across three sites, the technology will be deployed across 14 applications, including electronic medical records, in order to simplify access and speed up workflow for staff while strengthening information governance and data protection. A total of 1,400 chip and pin smartcards have been issued.

Steve Parsons, head of information management and technology at Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Loosening our tight security policies was not an option, yet we could not let passwords slow the delivery of care.

“Through our OneSign project, we have been able to provide fast access to patient information while eliminating the temptation for users to write down or share account information, allowing the trust to meet guidelines set out in the information governance toolkit.”

OneSign combines Single Sign-On and Authentication Management with smart card access, requiring employees to carry their cards at all times for identification purposes and for access to various departmental wards and office areas – negating the risk of discarded smart cards being used to enable unauthorised access.

Ed Gaudet, chief marketing officer at Imprivata, said: “NHS organisations are under increasing pressure today to achieve two inherently conflicting goals: improve efficiency and tighten security practices around patient health information.

“Through a deep appreciation of clinician requirements and a solid understanding of IT security governance, Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust has delivered a solution that improves workflow while increasing data security.”