The National Institute of Standards & Technology Selects Clearwater Compliance for Research Projects to Bolster Cybersecurity of Wireless IV Medical Infusion Pumps
Clearwater to Serve as Key Industry Consultant in First-of-its-Kind Project to Identify Cyber Risks & Recommend Best Practices
NASHVILLE, TN – September 8, 2016 -– Clearwater Compliance, a leading healthcare cybersecurity company, will collaborate with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) as part of a wide-ranging, first-of-its-kind risk assessment project focusing on wireless IV medical infusion pumps. This research project will investigate how to improve wireless IV medical infusion pumps’ security, with an end goal of helping companies and organizations increase their cyber risk assessment and management capability. The end result of this collective collaboration is a reference design and an implementation guide on how to protect wireless IV medical infusion pumps from unintended errors or unauthorized access, including malicious acts.
Wireless IV medical infusion pumps are no longer stand-alone instruments that interact only with the patient but have capabilities that allow them to connect to other networks, devices and operating systems. While this technology has improved healthcare, it has led to additional risks in patient safety and health data security. Clinicians and patients rely on infusion pumps for safe and accurate administration of fluids and medications. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified problems that can compromise the safe use of external infusion pumps.
“Clearwater is honored to offer best practices and share our expertise to help organizations understand and protect themselves from risk,” says Bob Chaput, founder and chief executive officer of Clearwater Compliance. “We continuously find ways to offer greater insights for improved security with new cyber breaches. Through this collaboration, we can accelerate best practices in a more reproducible and efficient way. We have long considered NIST to be a key public-private partner in advancing healthcare cybersecurity.”
More information is available about this cyber-related project at nccoe.nist.gov/projects/use_cases/medical_devices
About Clearwater Compliance
Clearwater Compliance, LLC is a leading provider of healthcare compliance and cyber risk management solutions. Its mission is to empower hospitals and health systems to successfully manage healthcare’s evolving cybersecurity risks and ensure patient safety. Exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association, Clearwater solutions have been deployed within hundreds of hospitals and health systems, Fortune 100 organizations and federal government institutions. Clearwater’s award-winning solutions have earned the trust of many of today’s largest and most prestigious hospitals by consistently delivering innovative solutions that address today’s evolving cyber threats. More information about Clearwater Compliance is at www.Clearwatercompliance.com.