Message from Dr. Runge About Improving Network Security

Monday, January 30, 2017

To express his support for the IT security improvements that HITS is making to the Michigan Medicine network, our EVPMA and Medical School Dean, Dr. Marschall Runge, recently sent the following message about Network Admission Control. He reiterated the guidelines by which we must make sure that all institutionally owned/funded devices and all personally owned devices have the appropriate protocols to protect all we do within Michigan Medicine.    

January 11, 2017:

As part of our commitment to increase the security of our networks, we have embarked on a robust plan to implement network admission control (NAC) to better protect our personal, research, and patient data. You are all well aware of the many instances of inappropriate access to networks and of the importance of this to all of us and those we serve. We are now at a point in implementation where we need our leaders to help reinforce the importance of this initiative to all of our faculty and staff.

Beginning April 27, only “CoreImage” devices or those enrolled in AirWatch will be able to access the UMHS-8021X wireless network (for more information click here). The same restrictions will apply for devices that connect by wire once NAC is in place in an area. Our Health Information Technology & Services staff will be implementing NAC by wire on a rolling basis with a goal to complete implementation throughout the academic medical center by mid-December.

Some guidelines:

  • Michigan Medicine-owned devices must be configured appropriately.
    Please ask your staff to cooperate promptly with Health Information Technology & Services staff when contacted to arrange to have their computers reconfigured.
  • Personally-owned devices (smartphones, tablets, or laptops) must be enrolled in Airwatch.
    Please remind your staff of the urgency to secure any personal mobile devices, given their increased use in the sharing of health care information within our work environment. Our Service Desk teams are available to assist with AirWatch enrollment.

NAC is critical to ensuring the integrity of our data and networks.  Andrew Rosenberg or Jack Kufahl can provide detailed information on the process and rationale if needed. Thank you for your support and leadership in the implementation of this important initiative.


Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, University of Michigan Medical School
CEO, Michigan Medicine