Thursday, December 27, 2012

CIO Cites Medical Device Hacks and Need for "Creating Culture of Security"

Tim Zoph, CIO of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago since 1993 and a CHIME/HIMSS CIO of the Year, said mobile devices and biomedical sensors will be commonplace in healthcare and in need of protections for the user and the data being developed.
Reports of pacemaker hacks and the potential dangers posed to defibrillators, insulin pumps and IV setups were cited as evidence that the connected healthcare setting is not always a safe one. .

Zoph offered six suggestions for providers looking to "create a culture for security."
  1. Ensure buy-in from both ends of the spectrum - management as well as physicians
  2. Develop protocols for medical device platforms
  3. Consider the patient first when deciding how to enforce security measures
  4. Share both vulnerabilities and best practices with other providers
  5. Create or use a simulation center for all new mobile devices
  6. Create the position of a biomedical network manager
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(a) Tim Zoph's Six Tips Creating Culture of Security - GovtHealthIT, 12/13/2012
(b) One CIO's Call to Action - Healthcare IT News, 12/13/2012
(c) Pacemaker hack can deliver deadly 830-volt jolt - Computerworld, 10/17/12

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