Reply to post: Re: Connectivity ?

Hacking these medical pumps is as easy as copying a booby-trapped file over the network

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Re: Connectivity ?

Maybe so on a general ward, but a very different picture on intensive care. There is a lot of data collected into ICU electronic records and I have no problem with that being done electronically. But the system should be designed from the perspective of a bad actor, not left wide open for updates over the network.

Alarm / alert fatigue is a massive issue in hospitals. One case I am aware of involved 27 people clicking through an alert about a critical missing medication.

Central notification is not all bad. ICU nursing is 1 nurse: 1 patient. But sometimes they need to help each other out with rolling patients or dealing with a deteriorating patient or checking drugs. Having alarms centrally monitored as well gives a degree of redundancy that is entirely appropriate.

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