Isosec launches iPad Virtual Smartcard solution for fast NHS Authentication

NHS Spine on iPad

NHS organisations can now benefit from fast and secure authentication to NHS systems with Isosec’s Virtual Smartcard solution that is now fully compatible with iPads. The NHS Digital Accredited Virtual Smartcard solution has been combined with the power of Isosec’s Mobile platform to deliver full two factor authentication on iPads without the need for a mobile phone or second device.

With many NHS staff now using personal devices since the pandemic outbreak, the demand for fast remote access to the NHS Spine has been unsurpassed.


Cloud strategy makes authentication on the move easy for NHS users

Marc Poulaud, CTO and co-founder of Isosec, commented “over the past 12 months we’ve seen adoption of Virtual Smartcard increase dramatically, and especially on a variety of devices, both shared and personal. 

Our transparent, cloud-based approach means we’ve quickly adapted with the market to ensure Virtual Smartcards are fully compatible with iPads, so authenticating and accessing NHS Spine enabled clinical systems and apps on the move is simple. Having the Virtual Smartcard on the iPad also removes the need for a second device such as a mobile phone for two factor authentication. In summary, our next generation solution allows the entire authentication process to take place on the iPad, simplifying the user journey even further.”


Isosec’s Virtual Smartcard already adopted in over 100 NHS Trusts

The Virtual Smartcard solution is already in use in over 100 NHS organisations, and provides fast, simple and secure authentication to NHS systems. Isosec is the first provider to be fully accredited on the NHS Digital Virtual Smartcard Assurance Framework, and the solution now enables clinicians to easily authenticate and digitally sign prescriptions with Advanced Electronic Signature, a key compliance feature within the framework. 

Many NHS customers already use Isosec’s Mobile application platform to access NHS applications on iPads today. By combining this technology with the Virtual Smartcard solution on iPads,  authentication is made even easier for users. 

Kathy Lancely, CIO at Imperial College, commented “we’ve been using Isosec’s Mobile platform on iPads across our organisation for a number of years now – it’s fantastic to see that this process will be made even easier with Virtual Smartcards available alongside the mobile application. It just makes life so much easier for our users when they need fast, secure access to patient information wherever they are working.”


Rapid roll out means NHS staff see benefits quickly

Being cloud based, Virtual Smartcard can be rapidly rolled out across large communities of users, and are fully self-service, meaning users can easily manage and maintain their own Virtual Smartcard without the need for support from IT teams or having to travel to site to update their details. Isosec’s Self Service Portal is available directly on iPads so users can update their own preferences as they work. 

Michael Latimer, CEO at Isosec, commented “We’re delighted to continue to support the NHS with our Virtual Smartcard for iPads – the next evolution of authentication for our NHS customers. We look forward to helping many more NHS organisations in making their authentication journey to the cloud and we are totally focussed on bringing consumer grade authentication to the NHS users who need it the most.”

To find out more, get in touch with the Isosec team.


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