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It seems like we cannot go a week without hearing of a major incident of hacking. Some recent large issues included incidents effecting Target, Google, Facebook, Playstation, and University of Maryland among others. All of these organizations believed that they were safe until they found out that they were not. In fact, most of them did not know that they were hacked until the Government picked up messages containing the hacked information being transmitted outside of the country. The following video discusses one such attack which included a significant healthcare player (Merck).
The healthcare industry, as the rest of our society, trusts the information that is contained in our system. The following video presents the story of a person whose identity was stolen, a hospital that believed that they had treated her, and the repercussions that she experienced due to this error.
This last issue addresses medical devices. Many medical devices are computers which are controlled remotely. There have been instances of these devices being hacked, adversely affecting the patient. The following video discusses the issue.
This problem is so serious that, when Dick Cheney was Vice President and received a pacemaker, the Secret Service determined that his pacemaker would not have the ability to be remotely managed. The following video discusses the specific issue with the Vice President.
At this point, we have to expect that there is a possibility of these types of attacks whether it is stealing personal information, stealing a person’s identity, or remotely hacking into a medical device.
Group D: What can we do to protect ourselves and our patients?
With everything that we have covered so far in class, and what we read and see in the world around us, it is obvious that major changes are happening all around us. And, changes seem to be occurring at an ever increasing rate. The following video is Microsoft’s idea of some of the changes that we can expect to our lives due to changes in technology.
As part of these changes, there will be changes in how healthcare is delivered to the society. Some of these technologies are beginning to become available, although they are not in common use. These advancements are likely to result in cheaper, easier access to healthcare; continuous monitoring; and different paradigms in the healthcare industry. The following video presents Microsoft’s idea of some of the changes that we can expect in the healthcare industry.
This brings us to an interesting issue. Most, if not all of us, are taking this curriculum in order to advance in our career in the healthcare field. With the anticipated changes to the delivery of healthcare, there will be new jobs that currently do not exist, as well as changes to duties of existing jobs and some jobs eliminated.
As far as new jobs, the following video reviews jobs in Healthcare Information Technology.
Group D: How do you believe that your current or future job within the healthcare industry will change…and how will you respond to that change? (If you are not in the healthcare industry, pick a position and answer the question from that perspective.)