The Need:

Audits tell us that healthcare providers who fail HIPAA audits, Meaningful Use requirements, and put patients at risk often share a common oversight: They've failed to assess and secure medical devices that store and transmit electronic protected health information (ePHI). 

What's at Risk? 

  • Loss or impairment of patient data.
  • Patient misdiagnosis or harm due to corrupted data or device malfunction.
  • ePHI breach averaging $2.4 million over two years (HIPAA penalties + cost of corrective action)
  • Disruption of other medical devices connected to the same network.
  • Delayed patient testing, work backlogs, patient diversion.
  • Financial and reputation loss following mandatory corrective action.
  • Corporate and personal liability.
  • Criminal and civil penalties.
The Problem Behind the Problem:

From pulse oximeters to CT scanners, a typical hospital averages about two medical devices per bed that collect, store, generate and transmit ePHI on a regular basis. Because these are unconventional, FDA-regulated machines, they tend to fall outside your IT department's scope of work or expertise, and are often left out of risk assessments, security analyses and compliance efforts -- an automatic violation of the HIPAA Security Rule and correct Meaningful Use attestation.
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