Medicare/CMS now supports serial numbers for
Medicare now endorses the use of unique identifiers on implantable devices. They cite patient safety as main reason for the change in thought. Using serial numbers on pace makers and other implantable devices has been discussed for years but until now, Medicare was not supportive of the idea. Not only will the hospitals have to track the S/N’s on the packaging of the devices but also it will have to be tracked in the billing/coding of the procedures.
Hospital staffs are already understaffed and overworked. How will they handle another asset management responsibility to their requirements? Especially one that makes an already difficult task in billing even harder. Health Systems pay third party companies to inventory all assets throughout the facility: capital equipment, drugs, supplies, etc… Now they may have to hire an outside company to track their implantable devices also.
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Ransomware Attacks in Healthcare
The rise of ransomware attacks in the U.S. have risen 35% in the past year alone. With the ransom amounts getting bigger, these criminal hackers are looking toward organizations such as hospitals. The most surprising part is that the hospitals are paying the large sums of ransom to regain access to their system. Hollywood Presbyterian said, “Handing over the $17,000 was in the best interest of restoring normal operations”. Is this truly in the best interest of the hospital to submit to paying these criminals? How long before these criminals return seeking more money?
There is no preventative action in place once the ransom is paid; therefore hospitals are just as vulnerable as before. The money that is being funneled is through bitcoin which is anonymously traded currency online. In order for health systems to protect themselves, they need to implements software that is more secure, on top of having contingency plans in place if the system is hacked. Protection from these hackers involves money up front, however that is money well spent to ensure the safety of workers and patients. Paying off these criminals will result in the hospitals becoming watering holes for other hackers looking to make their bitcoin. Below is an article that goes into further detail about the problem ransomware has become for healthcare facilities.