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."
- Ensure buy-in from both ends of the spectrum - management as well as physicians
- Develop protocols for medical device platforms
- Consider the patient first when deciding how to enforce security measures
- Share both vulnerabilities and best practices with other providers
- Create or use a simulation center for all new mobile devices
- 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