Active Directory Integration and the Healthcare CMS

Screen capture showing the ADFS network sign-in option for VitalSite

VitalSite 6.7.5 is nearing completion, and as we prepare it for release, I’m particularly excited to announce our Active Directory authentication integration.

VitalSite administrators will appreciate the reduced overhead now that they don’t have to manually create and deactivate accounts in VitalSite when employees enter and leave the organization.

Users will appreciate the fact that they don’t have to remember yet another password just to sign in to the hospital content management system. Instead, they just use their existing network credentials.

Active Directory authentication integration provides this convenience without sacrificing security. In fact, it’s how most hospitals and healthcare organizations prefer to provision access to their disparate systems.

Behind the scenes, VitalSite communicates with your organization’s Active Directory server to verify that the user is allowed access to VitalSite, and what permissions s/he will have once logged in. If the hospital’s Active Directory server authenticates the user, it tells VitalSite that they are permitted to sign into VitalSite. At a high level, the process looks a little like this:

Process flow diagram illustrating how Active Directory authentication integration works

This approach provides your I.T. staff with options. In fact, your I.T. team can even decide to configure things so that users logged into a workstation on your network automatically forward their authentication information when they visit VitalSite. If the Active Directory server authenticates the user, they have access to VitalSite without ever seeing –or having to enter– their username and password.

How can I start using the Active Directory integration?

If you’re interested in using the VitalSite Active Directory authentication integration to provision access to your hospital’s content management system, contact your client advisor or sales representative today. Since every hospital and health system has individual needs and unique Active Directory configurations, the implementation process involves establishing ways for the various systems to communicate securely with each other.

About Geonetric

Geonetric develops VitalSite, the healthcare CMS and provides online marketing services to hospitals, practices, and health systems.

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Michael O'Neill

About Michael O'Neill

It’s not often you find a communications professional who is an expert writer, understands the power of social media and has the technical capabilities to embed on and contribute to software development teams. But that’s exactly the background Michael brought with him to Geonetric as the technical communications strategist. From writing eBooks to managing Geonetric’s digital presence, Michael uses his software know how and his marketing savvy to help tell Geonetric’s story through a variety of platforms. This former adjunct professor holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Worcester State College in Massachusetts and completed graduate level coursework at the University of Connecticut. In addition, Michael is also a Certified ScrumMaster, a contributing writer at iBusiness Magazine and a member of the Board of Directors at Gems of Hope. This new dad is known for his high coffee standards and has quite the following around the office when he brings in his favorite craft-roasted beans.

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