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Medical Middleware - MedMid


The MedMid working group is dormant for now. Please contact Steve Olshansky,
MedMid working group flywheel, with questions or comments.

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MedMid, the Internet2 Medical Middleware working group, exists to further the development of middleware for healthcare education and practice, and related areas. The working group was formed by the Internet2 Health Sciences Initiative and Middleware Initiative, and in cooperation with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). This group will leverage and extend the work currently under way in enabling enterprise directories to support authentication and authorization services in the higher education community, with an eye toward the particular environment and requirements unique to the medical education sector. Important new content-sharing tools, such as the Shibboleth project within Internet2, will allow unparalleled secure access to medical resources but will require a widely adopted and interoperable directory-enabled infrastructure.

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Working Group Chair
Jack Buchanan, University of Tennessee-Memphis
Working Group Flywheel
Steve Olshansky, Internet2

Solicitation for Members

The Internet2 MedMid Working Group is soliciting the involvement of senior IT and policy representatives from prominent medical colleges and universities, toward the goal of advancing this effort in a way will accommodate the interests of this community. For further information, please contact Steve Olshansky, MedMid Flywheel.

The Role of Middleware

The Internet2 Middleware Initiative is working toward the deployment of core middleware services at Internet2 member universities. Middleware, in the context of high-performance networking, is a layer of software between the network and the applications. This software provides services such as identification, authentication, authorization, directories, and security. In today's Internet, applications usually have to provide these services themselves, which leads to competing and incompatible standards. By promoting standardization and interoperability, middleware will make advanced network applications much easier to use.

LDAP directories are at the heart of many of these essential services; serving as centralized repositories for information related to resources, and users and systems authorized to access these resources. The problem: there are few if any established patterns for building general-purpose institutional directories. Each institution has frequently had to start from scratch, and no two higher education directories look exactly alike. A number of recent developments have brought a sense of urgency to developing a common vocabulary for identifying resources and users, and to facilitating inter- and intra-institutional access to the proliferation of highly valuable network-accessible resources in a manner ensuring security, privacy, and data integrity, and with significant applications in medical education.

Minutes of MedMid Conference Calls

Mailing List

To subscribe to the MedMid list, send email to pubsympa at internet2 dot edu, with the message body:

subscribe <list name> <your name>
For example:
subscribe medmid Jane Doe

To unsubscribe, send email to pubsympa at internet2 dot edu, with the message body:

unsubscribe medmid

List archives are available (user registration required).

Draft Documents

These documents are works in progress. For more information on the status of these documents, see the Internet2 Document Guidelines. For reference see also the Internet2 Document Library.

Reference Documents

  • Proceedings: Advanced Camp for Medicine "Identity and Access Management for Medical Applications"
    January 25-27, 2006 Houston, TX
  • Leading Health Care and Information Technology Groups Endorse Common Framework for Health Information Exchange to Support Improvements in Health and Healthcare
    Thirteen major health and information technology organizations, in an unprecedented joint collaboration, endorsed a "Common Framework" to support improved health information exchange in the United States while protecting patient privacy. The collaborating organizations have identified the vital design elements—of standards, policies, and methods—for creating a new information environment that would allow health care professionals, institutions, and individual Americans to exchange health information in order to improve patient care. These recommendations were developed in response to the Request for Information related to a "National Health Information Network" issued by the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) within the Department of Health and Human Services in November 2004. (Press Release)

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