Evanston Technology Partners (ETP), an IBM Business Partner, and Cylera have recently partnered to form a new joint HAOC (Healthcare Asset Operations Center) solution.
The solution will significantly address the challenges in the healthcare settings, such as hospitals, by providing cybersecurity protection and asset management. It will also provide a way for the healthcare delivery organizations to continuously secure, optimize, and manage critical medical devices such as ventilators and supporting assets such as OT (operational technology), IoT, & network-connected devices.
Delivery organizations of healthcare products are facing considerable challenges including ever-increasing connected medical devices demand that require constant management, globally. The healthcare organizations and government officials are currently unable to balance the rising demand, maintain cybersecurity, and perform inventory management of new products being added. These implications have propelled hospital systems to approach ETP and consequently led to the introduction of the recent HOAC solution.
According to Ralph Ramsey, IBM Security Services for Healthcare & Life Sciences’ Global Associate Partner, the lack of situational awareness and cyber threats are prevalent. These challenges are increasing among healthcare professionals on top of studying how to manage the next crisis and their role of enabling various technologies for use during several public health emergencies. The life-saving equipment shortage has made adverse impacts on the management and deployment of the equipment to the next hot-spots.
The HAOC solution, powered by Cylera and IBM, will deliver a comprehensive overview of the security and availability of the medical equipment and network-connected healthcare assets, following the CDC guidelines on the Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Capabilities. The solution will effectively help manage and prepare critical medical devices & resources for the medical surge events such as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It will remotely offer real-time inventory monitoring, operational intelligence, and cybersecurity of critical equipment and medical devices. It also helps in eliminating and identifying inefficiencies around underutilized assets. Thus, the solution will securely facilitate effective preparedness and response to threats while treating patients.