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Josh Dixon

Written by Josh Dixon

Josh Dixon is Ellumen's healthcare and cybersecurity analyst offering our clients and partners timely insights for the business and policy events shaping the technology landscape. When he is not busy developing content or delving into documentation you can likely find him playing pinball somewhere near Pittsburgh. Share your comments with Josh on Twitter or read more about Josh's career on LinkedIn.

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3 Reasons Why Medical Device Security is an Ongoing Challenge

Posted by Josh Dixon on Oct 23, 2018 4:00:00 PM

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? 

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Topics: Cyber Security, Cyber Attacks, Healthcare, FDA

How Medical Logistics Provides Timely and Responsive Support for the Military

Posted by Josh Dixon on Mar 6, 2018 1:01:00 PM

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?

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Topics: Government Health IT, Healthcare, Training, Medical Logistics, Documentation

Working in Healthcare? Here’s What You Should Know About Ransomware…

Posted by Josh Dixon on May 22, 2017 4:00:00 PM

By now you probably know about the massive ransomware attack known as WannaCry. But what you may not know is WannaCry is just the latest in a series of increasingly harmful and costly attacks. In 2016 organizations lost an estimated $1 billion from ransomware attacks, and experts expect those attacks will continue to increase throughout 2017. Many healthcare organizations are particularly vulnerable to ransomware. So, what can you do to protect your organization from this concerning trend?

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Topics: Cyber Security, Cyber Attacks, Healthcare, Ransomware

Securing the Secondary Market for Medical Devices from Cyber Attacks

Posted by Josh Dixon on Jan 16, 2017 10:00:00 AM


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released industry guidance for the postmarket management of cybersecurity in medical devices. We are pleased to see the FDA address medical device cybersecurity given the increasing frequency and severity of cyberattacks against healthcare organizations. A recent report shows cyberattacks against healthcare organizations increased 63% in 2016, a trend expected to continue in 2017. Medical device cybersecurity is an urgent issue we must address to help protect healthcare organizations from dangers such as ransomware and data breaches. However, while the recently released FDA guidance provides good recommendations for the primary medical device market, it overlooks a large, growing segment of medical devices: the secondary market.

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Topics: Cyber Security, Cyber Attacks, Healthcare, FDA