The growing trend of cyber criminals using domain-generation algorithms (DGAs) to control their bot armies represents a significant challenge to healthcare IT. Defending against the threat requires vigilant deployment of self-protection techniques.
Methodist Hospital of Southern California is an early pioneer in cybersecurity, with an effective protocol for reducing the risk to patient safety from cyberattacks. Its achievement has been recognized with ECRI's Health Devices Achievement Award.
This year's recipient of the Health Devices Achievement Awards, the CE team of Methodist Hospital of Southern California, developed a cybersecurity initiative that will help lead the way for similar initiatives in other healthcare facilities.
In the first of a two-part series about how cyber criminals are exploiting the domain name system (DNS) with techniques like domain tasting and domain generating algorithms, Jeff Kabachinski outlines the basics of domains, the DNS, and DNS servers.
In August, Jeff McGeath was named co-chair of the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Patient Care Device (PCD) Domain Technical Committee. 24x7 spoke with him about the current state of device interoperability and where it is headed.
In a session at the 2013 NCBA Symposium in Concord, NC, Mark Boyd and Bobby Claborn of Philips Healthcare described the challenges that both their company and biomeds face in integrating their devices into hospitals' enterprise IT systems.
Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) is a way to do away with passwords. It is a standards-based, open protocol supported by an alliance of companies that will be making use of the FIDO authentication process instead of the old, tired-out password process.
Virtual patching is an interim workaround that can be applied much more quickly than a software patch to newly discovered vulnerabilities, and without causing disruption to the day-to-day operation of the facility.
Following a recent safety communication on medical device cybersecurity, the FDA has indirectly announced that it plans to develop a cybersecurity laboratory. The new lab will use a procedure called fuzzing or fuzz testing to test for software flaws.
For the 15th year, the "Health Care's Most Wired Survey" is helping reveal IT trends across the country. This comprehensive survey, which polls about a third of all US hospitals, shows that electronic medication ordering is now commonplace.
What technology do you use to eliminate or reduce manual data entry and/or the use of paper scratch sheets to log PMs or repair documentation?
I use bar code CE numbers on my equipment and some type of Wi-FI enabled technology that reads bar codes and produces true paperless PM and repair documentation. - 9.1%
We have bar coded CE numbers and use a bar code reader to scan the number and a Wi-FI laptop for portability, but I still have to manually key in and enter PM or repair data. - 16%
Even though we have bar coded CE numbers and a “clinical engineering computer system,” I still have to record repair and PM data on scratch sheets or forms and then key it in manually at a desktop computer. - 74.9%
Total votes: 243
The voting for this poll has ended on: 23 Oct 2013 - 00:00
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