The Association of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) recently conducted a survey of clinical and biomedical engineers regarding the use of medical devices on their hospital’s network. The survey shows that hospitals face a number of challenges regarding the vulnerability of these devices. Based on the findings of the AAMI survey, we developed the following infographic sharing the results. As we think about the following challenges, it shows that automatic identification and provisioning of medical devices will be crucial for maintaining best practices.
Some of the key takeaways of challenges faced include:
- Some devices cannot be patched by IT or Clinical Engineering due to FDA requirements. This forces hospitals to wait for the manufacture to have approval from the FDA before releasing a patch.
- Isolating devices on the network by manufacturer and device types can be challenging for IT when their network vendor doesn’t have easy to apply policies.
- Training of IT in the risks with placing all devices on a single VLAN.
- Cooperating with Clinical Engineering on best practices between departments is rare.
- Few organizations are monitoring the health and performance of their wireless networks.