Health IT Risk Management

Health IT Risk ManagementThe Business Case for Implementing the 80001 Series of Standards

Whether it’s a software patch that takes down an entire fleet of life-critical infusion pumps or a network upgrade that winds up crashing a patient monitoring system, the threats posed by the highly technical and interconnected nature of modern healthcare are real and consequential. Patient safety and satisfaction issues, downtime and inefficiencies, and data and system security problems can cost hospitals and healthcare systems—big time.

Imagine having a plan in place that would help staff across departments know what to do under such alarming circumstances and help prevent such disruptions from happening in the first place. Fortunately, a series of standards developed by a distinguished committee of medical device manufacturers, IT experts, and others with a keen understanding of medical devices and IT systems—and how they must work together—provides practical guidance to develop such a framework.

Although many healthcare delivery organizations already have risk management systems in place, they most likely don’t have a systemic approach for managing health IT risks effectively.

The 80001 series of standards defines the roles, responsibilities, and activities of health delivery organizations in managing health IT risks related to safety, effectiveness, and data and system security, helping to reduce costs associated with downtime and inefficiencies.

So what are the benefits of implementing the 80001 series? What are the potential costs of not addressing health IT risks? Health IT Risk Management lays out the business case for the use of the 80001 series for hospital senior executives and provides real-life examples of how it can be used to plug security gaps in IT networks.

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