medical devices

An important article in yesterday’s edition of Becker’s Hospital Review (Becker’s Health IT), by Dan L. Dodson, provides further information on the increases in ransomware and other attacks in healthcare in 2017, as entitled, “Connected medical devices at high risk”.

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An article by author, Tom Sullivan, in the May 30, edition of Healthcare IT News, entitled, "Hospital survival guide for a world overflowing with unsecured medical devices", provided a stern warning. Quoting the article: "Medical device security is an utter mess."

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Hospital IT shops and security staff need to think of medical devices as computers, but ones with even more vulnerabilities, said Steve Spearman, VP of HIPAA Compliance at Healthicity. Spearman, along with Mary McGuirl, Director of IT at Oneida Healthcare in New York, will present the session, “Assessing the Risk of Your Medical Devices,” at HIMSS16.

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In an article last week from Healthcare IT News, Editor-in-Chief Tom Sullivan shares information about the features of Windows 10 that are specifically tailored to healthcare settings.  

Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, keeps speaking of the "One Windows" strategy, which will give hospitals that ability to consolidate various devices onto Windows 10.  However, until that day comes, Microsoft has incorporated some healthcare-focused functionality into the new operating system (OS).

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In an article last week from FierceHealthIT, author Katie Dvorak explains how while technology in the healthcare system makes things easier, it also makes things more complicated; specifically from a security perspective.  Security should be a top priority for healthcare organizations since simply having good technical people will no longer stop breaches.

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