The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) created economic incentives for hospitals and other providers to embrace information technologies and has resulted in a proliferation of point-of-care computing. This proliferation has dramatically increased the number of client machines and applications that provider IT teams need to manage. The clinical systems such as computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and electronic medical record (EMR) that providers are implementing are complex, legacy systems with challenging architecture and support issues. At the same time, the demands on availability, uptime, security, mobility, and performance for point-of-care computing are high, while the budgets to implement, secure, and manage the devices running these systems are small.

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