In advance of HIMSS 2016 -- to be held at next week, in Las Vegas, NV (2/29 - 3/4) -- an article on the HealthcareITNews website, by Deirdre Fulton, indicates that "Hospital IT shops and security staff need to think of medical devices as computers, but ones with even more vulnerabilities," according, the article states, by "Steve Spearman, VP of HIPAA Compliance at Healthicity." (Healthicity is a provider of auditing, compliance and analytics software and business consulting solutions.)
The article on to say that, "It seems simple enough: If a piece of medical equipment is storing, receiving, transmitting, or processing electronic protected health information, it falls within the category of devices that are covered under HIPAA." However, per Spearman, quoted in the article, “for many practitioners, it just hasn’t occurred to them that medical devices are computers or are interfaced with computers". In a specific, cited example: "As recently as November 2015, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Massachusetts agreed to pay $850,000 and implement a corrective action plan after settling with the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights over a stolen laptop that was used to operate a portable CT scanner."
"Spearman, along with Mary McGuirl, Director of IT at Oneida Healthcare in New York," the article says, "will present the session, 'Assessing the Risk of Your Medical Devices,' at HIMSS16." (From 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in Palazzo L at the HIMSS '16 Conference.)
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