Many significant, life-improving and life-changing advancements in patient care and medical research are supported and enhanced by wireless technologies. Wireless systems are pervasive in healthcare environments because wireless drives mobility and because wireless systems are evolving to provide greater speed, security and functionality.
Increase in the demand for reliable structural health information led to the development of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). With the maturity of the IoT, one of the recent challenges in the structural engineering community is development of the IoT SHM systems that can provide a promising solution for rapid, accurate, and low-cost SHM systems.
The virtual and physical realms are becoming increasingly enmeshed through the world of the Internet of Things. The rate of Internet connections is outpacing companies’ abilities to secure them. As a result, a large driver of cybercrime is the least-protected networks and systems found in the healthcare information technology world – building automation, or smart building technology.
Healthcare facilities have undergone rapid changes in recent years with a focus on digital transformation taking center stage. New technologies are being introduced to the market to enhance digital critical care, mobility, IoT and smart buildings. Healthcare campuses are struggling to address the IoT explosion, the influx of wireless devices, assurances of greater stability through constant availability and strict Quality of Service to support their mission critical services.
BICSI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing guidance for the planning, design, and construction of hospitals, outpatient facilities, and residential health, care, and support facilities. The organization oversees the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction revision process and publication, fund research, and offer resources that support the development of safe, effective health and residential care built environments.
“‘Murder by pacemaker’” isn’t a real thing, is it?” my friend asked. She’d caught a TV drama in which the victim’s pacemaker was hacked. From a remote location, the hacker—a murderer for hire—was able to access the device, accelerate the victim’s heart rate, and cause cardiac arrest. While that’s not yet possible, connected medical devices—like pacemakers, medical infusion pumps, CT scanners, and insulin pumps—are helping many of us enjoy a better quality of life. But, the advances made possible with IoT and other innovations are not without risk and healthcare is particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks.