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Another class of vendor that is quite popular now but nearly non-existent only a few years back is the DIY vendor. This is exemplified by the case of the CBCT department who wanted to use Good Barber, a DIY vendor, to build their simple app that played MP3s of guided meditation. In this case, Good Barber's policy conflicted with Emory's. Just like Yomingo, Good Barber wanted to be the one who controlled distribution/publishing.

The EHC Patient Portal app, HealtheLife by Cerner will be the first app in which we allow a 3rd party to publish the app. Several vendors have asked for this permission in the past yet none had the clout to demand it like Cerner and  The Cerner app now sets a precedent whereby we can be legitimately challenged by a 3rd party who wishes to have the same access as Cerner. 

There are other mobile app vendors and developers that have no desire to distribute their apps but want access to the Emory accounts simply do not understand how to build SBAs, or, have some reason why they can't or won't. Instead they want access to the store to do the upload.

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Mind you, this all happened in less than one year. There is no sign that the pace will slow. Already the HealtheLife (Patient Portal) vendor has (perhaps) stipulated in contract that they want access to the stores however the details are not presently clear. It is also unclear that EHC and Emory would grant them the ability to distribute the app due to the sensitive nature of the app. However, there are many other apps that are not of such a sensitive nature and it may be "ok" to allow the vendor or developer to distribute the app (e.g. CBCT and Theater Emory).We have to change our policies sooner than later in order to keep from delaying the release of approved apps. 

The EHC Patient Portal app, HealtheLife by Cerner will be the first app in which we allow a 3rd party to publish the app. Several vendors have asked for this permission in the past yet none had the clout to demand it like Cerner and  The Cerner app now sets a precedent whereby we can be legitimately challenged by a 3rd party who wishes to have the same access as Cerner. 

Here are the proposed new supported roles that  allow delegation of certain tasks to the vendor or developer while still allowing Emory to protect its brand. Both Apple and Google support these roles.

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