Avancer’s Cerner Millennium – IdM Provisioning Enterprise Application Integrator

Cerner Corporation is a supplier of Health Information Technology (HIT) solutions, services, devices and hardware. One of Cerner Corporation’s products, Cerner Millennium Solution is a powerful and widely adopted software that provides an individual electronic care record for every patient and smart tools for the clinical staff to help with executing precise medical diagnosis.

The problem surfaces when this powerful tool has to interact with Identity Management Solution. Within Cerner Millennium, a user must be provisioned into each domain using tools that interact with Cerner Millennium. Some of these tools are User Maintenance (HNAUser.exe), Content Manager, or the Bedrock Personnel Wizard. A similar application integrator has been missing to enable Cerner Millennium to interact with Identity Management framework. This situation creates additional administrative work as users must be provisioned manually outside of enterprise provisioning solutions.

Integrating Cerner Millennium Solution (just like numerous IT applications) with IAM infrastructure is important for better reporting, faster on-boarding/removal of employees and easier management of user identity. In addition to management of user identity – an integrator could work towards syncing Cerner Millennium with IAM infrastructure to improve efficiency and reducing errors, password resets and improper access.

Avancer developed a generic Cerner connector catering to all Identity Management functions that automate communication between Cerner’s Healthcare IT Solutions and any Identity Management system. Avancer started off with provision and de-provision accounts on Cerner into various positions on server. Through an application integrators, user could possess one or multiple accounts and authenticate to different data sources. It facilitated reconciliation of existing accounts into IDM system. Avancer’s Cerner Millennium-IdM Provisioning Enterprise Adaptor adds Certifications capabilities on which managers and audit team members can take certification related actions such as certify positions (credentials and other information) or revoke positions to ensure closed loop remediation for any violations in Cerner related system access. All these tasks were automated through IAM System. Management of aforementioned functions was done by custom development of capabilities inside an IAM system.

Avancer’s Cerner Millennium-IdM Provisioning Enterprise Adaptor provides the following benefits for system or security administrators and end-users:

  • Increased Productivity: Enables timely and accurate automation of the Cerner Millennium provisioning process and ties the process to existing enterprise provisioning systems.
  • Cost Reduction: Decreased maintenance costs, auditing requirements and data security risk to User Identity information as it can be stored in a single, external location.
  • Achieve Interoperability: Robust interaction with existing Identity Management Systems to facilitate provisioning/de-provisioning compatibility.
  • Robust Functionality: Track an inactive user’s record in all associated domains from a single source, no additional certification required.

Avancer is the first organization to develop and deploy Cerner Millennium Application Integrator (Connector) for Oracle IdM system. Over 5,000 identities were on boarded through an integration between the Cerner’s Millennium Solution and Oracle Identity Management Solution. The capabilities of the connector has been extended to any ID system.

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