The recent Webinar Wednesday session “Winning Strategies for Medical Device Lifecycle Management and Security” sponsored by Ordr was eligible for 1 credit from the ACI.
Managing and securing connected medical devices in healthcare delivery organizations has never been more critical. These devices are fundamental to patient care, but are proliferating, often run outdated operating systems, and are not designed with security in mind. As a result, HTM and clinical engineering teams struggle with delivering operational efficiencies while creating a safer environment of care.
What are proven tactics and strategies for medical device life cycle management and security?
Ordr Director of Healthcare Product Management Ben Stock and First Health Advisory Executive Vice President and CSO – Clinical & Operational Technology Matt Dimino shared best practices that they have obtained from years of working with leading healthcare delivery organizations. They also shared a health care security maturity model, a framework for creating a medical device security program, coupled with technology that can accelerate the move towards a secure connected health care environment.
The presenters also answered questions from attendees.
One attendee asked, “Has newer equipment been easier to keep secure than older equipment? Any changes?”
The presenters said that it depends on the manufacturer but that some manufacturers are starting to make it easier.
“They’re starting to incorporate controls. They’re starting to allow you to make changes to the device and not keep you locked out of the device,” Stock said.
Another attendee asked about getting resources to help create a medical device security program.
The presenters said it is important to keep a record of requests and all work done. They suggest using the CMMS to log all of the HTM department’s time spent on requests regarding all work including cybersecurity.
The session drew 112 registrations with 54 attendees for the live presentation. The session is available for on-demand viewing at WebinarWednesday.live.
Attendees provided feedback about the webinar via a survey that included the question, “How does the HTM industry benefit from our Webinar Wednesdays?”
“Great topics that are useful, insightful and can be applied to our daily activities,” said Ron Perfater, director clinical engineering operations.
“Very good breadth and really good depth of subject matter. Excellent guidance, what to watch out for, how to sustain, and big picture as well as stumbling blocks. Very good balance. And not so vendor-oriented as to look biased; just right!,” shared Jay Hall, owner Medical Equipment Planning and Solutions.
“This is a great way to obtain ACI CEUs and gain industry knowledge,” James Breidel, healthcare engineering technician III.
For more information, visit WebinarWednesday.live.
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