Wireless network update a success — what’s next?

May 15, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

On April 27, the Michigan Medicine community came together to achieve a significant goal — namely to ensure that enhanced security protocols were in place on all wireless devices connecting to the mission critical network. More than 20,000 wireless devices connected successfully and securely that first day.  

Collaboration was key to the success of this 19-month project. More than 200 Health Information Technology & Services — or HITS — staff collaborated with countless Michigan Medicine partners to efficiently prepare the community for this major change, while keeping disruption to a minimum.

What’s next?

WiFi network security is the first step in a long-term initiative endorsed by Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president for medical affairs, dean of the Medical School and CEO of Michigan Medicine. The initiative aims to make the IT environment as secure as possible for patients, faculty and staff.

The next step is to implement controls for the wired network and ensure that devices connecting by Ethernet cable have the appropriate encryption and information assurance required to protect two-way communication exchange.

HITS is preparing clinical and research areas for the wired network changes which will be implemented on a rolling basis through December. Teams are working closely with key contacts in each building to identify devices that require reconfiguration in order to meet the security requirements necessary to connect to the network.

For more information on the network control project, visit the Network and Inventory Management webpage.  

For questions about the project or help connecting to WiFi, stop by any Help Me Now location (Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or contact the HITS Service Desk at 734-936-8000 or msishelp@umich.edu.