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Greater Medical Device Connectivity Prompts FDA Process Revision

November 28, 2018 - The FDA is updating its voluntary 510(k) approval process to take into account growing medical device connectivity and interoperability, the agency announced Nov. 26. The FDA explained that the 510(k)-approval process, which dates from 1976, needs to be modernized to accommodate advances in medical device technology and ensure that the devices meet more modern safety and...


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Healthcare Infrastructure Security Frameworks Support Innovation

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare infrastructure security framework are growing in importance as organizations trust PHI to digital tools. As more information is stored digitally, cyberattacks are more common and are evolving as technology solutions become more...

Cloud-Based Identity and Access Management Increases Flexibility

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Organizations are leaning towards healthcare identity and access management (IAM) solutions as they continue to add cloud-based services and mobile devices to their IT infrastructure. Research and Markets predicts that the IAM market...

Legacy Hardware Threatens HIT Infrastructure Security

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare organizations are facing a “perfect storm” when it comes to HIT infrastructure security, ERI Co-Founder and Executive Chairman John Shegerian said in a report. The growth in hardware hacking puts patient data at...

Planning, Testing Lead to Successful HIT Backup and Disaster Recovery

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

In a recent blog post, ONC officials emphasized the importance of planning when it comes to HIT backup and disaster recovery. “Unfortunately, the reality that an organization’s health IT systems will become unavailable or...

Importance of End-User Satisfaction to Health IT Infrastructure

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Health IT infrastructure is constantly changing as IT staff build and deploy new health systems. While end-users may not always notice when their devices are running smoother or connecting faster, they will notice when things aren’t...

Increasing Healthcare Cloud Security with Bring-Your-Own-Key

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Organizations are constantly looking for ways to gain more control over healthcare cloud security. Putting PHI into the hands of cloud service providers (CSPs) involves a high level of trust. CSPs understand the need for heightened...

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3 Improves Healthcare Network Security

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Wi-Fi Alliance announced the third generation of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Protected Access, WPA3, has been finalized. WPA3 improves on WPA2, which has been in use for over a decade, by simplifying security features as well as improving them....

Using Threat Intelligence to Improve HIT Infrastructure Security

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Advancing healthcare technology means that IT infrastructure security threats are becoming more sophisticated. A better view of IT infrastructure and the ability to collect and analyze threat data using threat intelligence can give...

EU Data Privacy Rule GDPR Impacts US Health IT Infrastructure

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

The EU data privacy rule, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), takes effect today and healthcare organizations need to be aware of the regulation changes to understand how their data exchange and access processes may be impacted....

What Potential is in Healthcare Intent-Based Networking, Automation?

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Organizations are constantly looking for ways to fortify network security. Healthcare intent-based networking (IBN) can help give organizations a more dynamic approach to network security as more devices are added to the health IT...

Healthcare Cloud Security Relies on Infrastructure Visibility

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Organizations have gone through different periods of trust with the healthcare cloud as the technology becomes a staple in health IT infrastructure. Providers were initially hesitant with cloud adoption. How could the cloud, especially...

Compliance Testing Remedies HIT Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Organizations expanding their IT environment are tasked with choosing tools that are in compliance with HIPAA and can be used securely and efficiently in a healthcare environment. HIT infrastructure vulnerabilities threaten patient data...

Windows Vulnerability Potentially Exposes Healthcare Networks

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Windows faces a further vulnerability as the latest update to the meltdown bug exposed further weaknesses in the Microsoft OS. Organizations need to make a further update to their endpoints and servers operating on Windows 7 and Windows...

Threat Intelligence Supports Advanced Health IT Security

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Health IT infrastructure technology continues to advance as organizations go through digital transformations. More advanced IT tools also means that entities are threated by more advanced cybersecurity attacks. Organizations need to look...

Preparing Health IT Infrastructure for Artificial Intelligence

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been working itself into health IT infrastructure as organizations need more advanced technology to handle the growing amount of healthcare data. As AI becomes more of a reality, organizations have to...

Upgrading Healthcare Network Security to Protect Patient Data

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Last year, healthcare network data breaches hit an all-time high as cyberattackers targeted patient records. Entities need to gain more visibility and control over their networks and protect patient data by upgrading healthcare network...

HIMSS Highlights Evolving HIT Cybersecurity Threats, Improvements

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

HIMSS released its 2018 Cybersecurity Survey and found that most healthcare organizations continue to experience significant security incidents. As HIT cybersecurity grows more advanced, the threats have evolved to challenge sophisticated...

Health IT Infrastructure Requirements for AI Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are becoming more popular as healthcare organizations realize the potential applications in AI for providing better insight into data and improving patient care. AI can also be used to help...

Digital Transformation Strains Healthcare Network Security

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Digital transformation puts pressure on health IT infrastructure as organizations plan for assimilating new technology into their IT ecosystems. No matter which technology organizations choose to adopt, entities need to consider how these...

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