February 11, 2014

Medical Device Security Huge Topic of Discussion at HIMSS 2014

Where does a Healthcare organization begin when facing mHealth or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) challenges? This is a question facing many healthcare institutions after a bill was introduced to Congress last month, The Telehealth Modernization Act. This bill seeks to establish a federal definition of telehealth that would clear up the confusion from individual state policies, thus paving the way for a clear path to mobility in healthcare. Currently there are 50 separate sets of rules as to what type of care can be provided which until now has left both providers and patients in a state of bewilderment. This is likely a congressional response to the FDA announcement that mobile medical devices are unsecured. Now more than ever, medical devices that were once wired devices are now wireless and this proliferation had lead to mass confusion and unsecured devices.With this new legislation Healthcare IT professionals are empowered to keep their hospital secure and keep patients alive.

With HIMSS14 quickly approaching in February, many clinicians will attend sessions that provide a best practices approach to mHealth. We are in a new era where video, mobile and social media technologies are enabling providers to deliver enhanced patient experiences. In a HIMSS analytics survey, two-thirds of health IT executives indicate that the use of mobile technology will substantially or dramatically impact the delivery of healthcare in the future. The use of mobile technology has the ability to not only improve access to patient data, including enhanced ability for clinicians to access information from remote locations, but can also transform the way healthcare is delivered in the United States and abroad. (Many hospitals have more wireless devices now than wired.  Many are not even aware that the scales had tipped)

While many hospitals are experiencing success in this area and the potential for the transformation of healthcare is huge.  Many Hospitals have already experienced problems with the movement towards mobility, wasting millions of dollars in lost revenue and fines from a failure to meet government requirements.

At Extreme, we hear these questions from our customers:

  • How do I make sure privacy and security issues are not violated?

  • What are Extreme’s best practices for maintaining compliance, regulatory policies and accreditation requirements for mobile devices?

  • How does mHealth and BYOD facilitate patient care?

  • How have other organizations embraced BYOD to increase patient satisfaction?

While many organizations look to third party applications to solve these problems, at Extreme, we approach these challenges from a network perspective. Extreme’s ability to provide advanced visibility and control starts at the application layer and is providing business the ability to differentiate between network response time and application response time without instrumentation. Wouldn’t it be great if your network told you when it was broken? This “network as a system” approach is revolutionizing the move to true mHealth and helping ease the minds of Healthcare IT executives. This approach will be on display in the intelligent hospital pavilion at HIMSS14 in Orlando as extreme networks provides the network infrastructure for 60+ companies proving true interoperability!

Want to learn more? Please schedule a VIP tour with Extreme Networks at booth #775. You can also schedule a 15 minute web demo of our healthcare solutions by clicking here.

Visitors who participate in a VIP tour of all 4 extreme networks booths at HIMSS 2014 win a detailed guide to providing secure wireless in a hospital environment, Wi-Fi enabled Healthcare, authored by Ali Youssef CPHIMS, CWNE #133, Bob Zemke CPHIMS, CISSP,Doug McDonald CPHIMS, CWSP, Jon Linton CWNE #89, Aaron Earle CRISC, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CCNP, MCP, A+, Net+, and Security.

About The Contributor:
Charles DowdAE Healthcare specialist

Charles Dowd is a Healthcare specialist at Extreme Networks, focused on new business development. Charles seeks out opportunities to introduce Extreme Networks to Hospitals in need of unmatched visibility and control to secure medical devices on their network. He immerses himself in everything involving Healthcare, HealthIT, and mHealth.

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