July 28, 2014

Medical Devices in Hospitals | Infographic

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.

 

Medical Devices in Hospitals

About The Contributor:
Bob ZemkeDirector of Healthcare Solutions

Bob Zemke is the Director of Healthcare Solutions and is responsible for the healthcare market strategy at Extreme Networks. An IT professional with a broad span of experience in healthcare, Bob has over 14 years working both within hospital IT and as a consultant in next generation network design, deployment and management. Bob has been featured in publications such as HealthCare Design Magazine, Mobile Wireless Magazine, and Healthcare Executive Exchange. He is coauthor of a book entitled "WiFi Enabled Healthcare" that is available on Amazon.com. Bob frequently participates industry-specific events including HIMSS, Enterprise Connect, Interop and is active in the AAMI, CWNP, IEEE, and HIMSS organizations . Bob holds an BA degree in Telecommunications Management from Western Michigan University and his MS in Telecommunications and Network Management from Syracuse University's iSchool.

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