Healthcare leaders are concerned about medical device security, and for good reason. Security vulnerabilities in medical devices present real risks to patient safety, data privacy, and network stability. Healthcare organizations often have limited resources dedicated to addressing these security issues, yet the healthcare industry remains the largest target of cyberattacks compared to other industries. What are the key factors making medical device security such a critical issue, and how can we account for these factors in potential solutions?
Ellumen Inc. Increases Presence in Medical Logistics Arena with Additional Task Added to Incumbent Contract Award
Ellumen Inc., a trusted provider of professional services and IT solutions, was recently awarded a contract for incumbent work with the Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Health Agency (DHA) for the LogiCole Documentation, Training and Independent Verification and Validation Testing Services (IV&V). LogiCole represents the third iteration of the DHA integrated suite of business process applications that was initially known as DMLSS (Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support), and more recently DML-ES (Defense Medical Logistics—Enterprise Solution). DML-ES represents the DoD MEDLOG IT Portfolio of capabilities that provided a continuum of medical logistics support for the DHA. LogiCole is the technical refresh of DMLSS, transitioning all MEDLOG applications into a single, web-based application supporting all medical logistics functions in the Military Health System.
Whether it is a solo medical practice, rural hospital, or massive health system, sharing medical data securely between the complicated web of electronic health records (EHRs) is an ongoing challenge that both big and small healthcare providers face. As one of the largest health care delivery systems in America, interoperability is not a new concept at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In fact, in VA facilities enterprise-wide, our Veterans are benefiting from healthcare interoperability that is happening on a massive scale not only within the agency, but also with Department of Defense (DoD) facilities around the globe. Clinical data exchange between VA and DoD has been ongoing in some form or another since the early 2000s, but a major overhaul in 2016 replaced legacy data sharing services with a state-of-the-art, HL7 FHIR-based system which makes DoD clinical data from around the world easily accessible to VA clinicians in their existing desktop applications
A clinician in need of an otoscope to check an ear. A nurse in need of a syringe to deliver medication. A surgeon in need of a sterilized scalpel to perform surgery. All these individuals have something in common – a need for timely medical logistics support to ensure they have the medical materiel they need to do their job in an efficient, effective manner. For the Department of Defense, achieving this can be challenging as they support one of the largest active militaries in the world. So how does a modern military succeed at providing responsive medical logistics for service members stationed around the globe?
Nearly one year ago, Secretary David Shulkin of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the VA’s electronic health record (EHR) is moving away from custom built software products and development in favor of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions to provide for Veteran healthcare. This shift in the VA’s approach to software development represents a challenging decision: whether to build custom software systems from a general-purpose programming language, or whether to buy existing COTS solutions that seem to fit business needs and user requirements. In fact, many businesses outside government face this same difficult question, whether they are large corporations or small startups. It can be a dilemma to determine which route to choose.