Rick Hampton is a member of the American College of Clinical Engineering and the recipient of ACCE’s 2011 Professional Achievement in Technology Award/Professional Development Award for his efforts in advancing the understanding of radio spectrum and wireless device management in healthcare. He is also a member in the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and Communications Society. He has served on several IEEE 11073 Technical Committees for Wireless Communications for Medical Devices, and is Co-Chair for the Wireless Subcommittee for the IEC 80001 Risk Management standard. Mr. Hampton advises numerous medical device companies and regulatory agencies, and presents at numerous conferences and workshops each year. Mr. Hampton currently serves as Wireless Communications Manager for Partners HealthCare System, Boston, MA, where he is responsible for the overall coordination of activities relating to the safe and effective use of wireless communications technologies at Partners Healthcare and its affiliates.
As more data from medical devices is fed into EHRs on a provider’s network, finding ways to secure and protect the devices from viruses and other cyber threats has become a vital part of any comprehensive security program.
But securing these devices is a tough nut to crack for a number of reasons. Many are not managed by the IT department; clinicians are often resistant to new security safeguards that may impact their workflow; medical device vendors are often unresponsive to requests for security upgrades to existing software; and some of the upgrades can be prohibitively expensive.
In this session, senior security officers at three major healthcare systems share with attendees their approach to securing medical devices.
Among other things, they’ll address:
- Practices for assessing and mitigating medical device risks
- Processes for approving requests for new medical devices
- Responding to infected devices
- Vendor management
- Educating clinicians and administrators to the security risks medical devices pose.