Worried About Medical Device Security?

It’s a large concern and one of the biggest challenges currently facing hospitals.

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Medical device cybersecurity threats are one of the largest challenges in healthcare.

Many devices have their own security requirements and often use different software.

How can you prevent issues?

Unfortunately, it is impossible to guaranty security. However, the first step to take is to make sure to have a complete inventory of devices.

The inventory is extremely important in tracking and monitoring all medical devices, along with all laptops, phones, or other devices containing electronic protected health information (“ePHI”).

As with all healthcare IT, make sure that software is up to date and all devices have ample security in place.

We help our clients complete their HIPAA required risk assessments and do full inventories for their practices.

An inventory is an essential part of a risk assessment.

It is also essential to train staff on all devices, so that they know when to perform updates and what to click – or not click.

Make sure you know what software and security measures to put in place before purchasing any medical devices. Work with IT staff to properly protect your devices.

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