International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

A token of emergency that grants one-time, highly restricted, access to an arbitrary WiFi network, all while maintaining full network security and integrity, is disclosed. If an IoT medical device (IMD) detects failure in the IMD or detects the patient is suffering from a medical emergency, IMD detects local active WiFi networks, and attempts to connect to a monitoring centre via one of these networks. If the network is password protected it is possible that the connection will fail. The IMD will retry the connection using factory-installed one-time use token that is for emergency calls. If successful it IMD sends an emergency message to the monitoring centre, which sends an emergency responder to the area of the IMD. The monitoring center invalidates the token by registering it with the central online token registrar once both IMD as well as the monitoring center acknowledges that the message was successful. Anyone with the correct security authorization is able to create a new one-time usage token.

Implanted medical devices (IMDs) that connect to the Internet of Things (IoT) and are becoming increasingly utilized for patients to improve their treatment. These devices are able to cut the cost of healthcare by being able to continuously monitor andimmediately respond to changes in patients’ metrics. The IMD must be able to connect to the monitoring center in case in the event of an emergency. If an open cellular (cell service) is in place in the area, the IMD may be able to be able to connect. Similar to that to that, the IMD may connect to an open WiFi hotspot, without having to enter a password. However, if the only available WiFi networks the IMD detects are private and, to protect the user that is, password-protected it will not be able to report the emergency to a monitoring center. It’s difficult to maintain the security and integrity of a network like an untrusted WiFi network, balance security for the patient, and make sure that the IMD to reachassistance in an emergency. Therefore, it would be beneficial to allow the IMD to gain a once-only, temporary, restricted access to a WiFi network in an emergency situation as long as it maintains the security and integrity of the network.

A method, system, and program product are available for temporary access to a network. An IoT medical device (IMD), detects a problem and makes a request to establish a connection through a router to a monitoring center. The IMD then tries again, with a token that can be used once more. The IMD sends an emergency signal to the monitoring center if it is successful in connecting. The IMD receives an acknowledgement from the monitoring center that an emergency responseer is dispatched to the location within the IMD. The monitoring center is unable to validate the token once the IMD acknowledges the receipt of the indication.

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