UCI Medical Center Develops Their Own Mobile Security System Middleware for Wi-Fi Access to Students and Staff Who Bring Their O
Posted Sep 14 2012 12:30am
Bring your own device has been discussed quite a bit in healthcare and for good reasons. When you have software that is corporate provided on hardware that is also corporate issued, it is much easier as you have a “closed” system and everyone know the design but that is not always a good answer today as equipment get expensive and it makes sense to have one instead of bouncing back and forth between personal and business systems.
Impressive as they wrote their own code to marry two vendors, their own middleware. AirWatch and Bradford systems were the two outside vendors. Their system forces encrypted back ups, a good thing and it locks down after 15 minutes of non use and requires a password, another good thing. Up at Beth Israel in Boston, they have their plans laid out and if one is not encrypted you don’t get on the network. BD
When Adam Gold, director of emerging technologies at University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., wanted to give clinicians "bring your own device" access to the Allscripts Mobile MD EMR system , he realized he had to address security concerns as soon as possible. That's when CIO Jim Murray, Gold, and their team decided to create their own integrated mobile security system, which combines network access control with mobile device management.
The medical center uses Bradford Networks as network access control, but what was key at UC Irvine, said Gold, was connecting this to the center's mobile-device management software, AirWatch . "We wanted to tie these two systems together, even though they're separate vendors," he said.
"The vision was to provision the devices, and based on the provisioning, we give them network access," he continued. Internally, Gold and his team wrote a middleware piece, which sits between the AirWatch and Bradford systems. "So when a user goes through the provisioning process, once that process is done in AirWatch, we send a message over to the Bradford system," he said.
"As far as I know, we're the only people who have taken it this far," said Gold. "A lot of people are doing BYOD , and a lot are using AirWatch, but from the UC perspective, we're the only ones to write our own middleware piece and tie Bradford and AirWatch together, not independently."