Although having the right solutions and platforms in place is critical when it comes to medical device security, leaders are finding that having the right culture is just as important. “Security is not a blocker; it’s an enabler,” said our panelists in a recent discussion.
With budgets getting tighter and the cybersecurity talent pool shrinking, it’s time for a “paradigm shift,” according to Nate Lesser, CISO at Children’s National. During a recent webinar, he talked about how an integrated incident response strategy focused on training, communication, and collaboration has helped strengthen the organization’s security posture.
Although medical devices are increasingly connected to the internet and hospital networks – and, therefore, extremely vulnerable to cyberattacks – security management isn’t a primary concern, said Joey Meneses, who explains why this is problematic, and what leaders can do to mitigate risk.
Failing to take the necessary steps to keep IoMT and IoT devices protected is like making sure your front door is locked and bolted while keeping one of the back windows unlatched, according to John Halamka and Paul Cerrato of Mayo Clinic Platform.
Between the “primitive design” plaguing many EHRs and the high potential for error with patient-entered data, ensuring data quality has become a mountain for healthcare leaders. But with the right approach, there are ways to improve it, according to our speakers.
For CIOs and other leaders, it’s not about trying to solve the nation’s drug crisis, but rather, leveraging technology to control the number of prescriptions being written, and present information to caregivers at the point of care, said a group of experts.
The problem? The amount of connected devices found on most networks is significantly higher than most security leaders estimate, according to our panelists. The solution, therefore, must be actionable and automated.
The key to improving patient care is in changing the narrative, according to Peter Pronovost, Chief Clincal Transformation Officer at University Hosptials. “We need to stop believing that defects are inevitable, and start believing they’re preventable.”
The eligibility criteria are constantly changing, anxiety is rampant, support teams are already drained — and those are just some of the issues with distributing the Covid-19 vaccine, said our panelists during a recent discussion.
Despite the benefits it offers – particularly in terms of patient safety – smart pump and EMR integration has sustained slow growth, according to KLAS. But that could change, depending on a few factors.