HIMSS22: 3 Takeaways on Interoperability that Center People, Not Technology | #education | #technology | #training

Florence Hudson delivers her keynote address, “Clearing the Hurdles to Interoperability.”

Increased connectivity brings risk in healthcare, Hudson said, especially since medical devices have vulnerabilities that can be exploited with immediate, sometimes fatal consequences.

She explained the TIPPSS paradigm — which deals with trust, identity, privacy, protection, safety and security — and said cybersecurity needs to be a baked-in consideration for interoperability.

“We really need a defense-in-depth strategy. Hardware, firmware, software and service level, and we need to involve policy and culture,” Hudson said. 

When healthcare organizations reflect on their digital transformation journeys, Hudson said, they should “think about why you’re doing it, what are the potential benefits, and what are the risks? And think about how you enable the interoperability.”

She highlighted expertise on connected medical device security from Kevin Fu, acting director of medical device cybersecurity at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health; literature and workshops from IEEE; and a book she edited, titled Women Securing the Future with TIPPSS for IoT.

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3. Data Means Nothing Without Concrete Action

During a session on health equity, Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, founder and CEO of community-centered health media company Grapevine Health, said that she has noticed a growing interest in collecting previously unreported or underreported data. 

“A lot of organizations are focused on collecting social determinants of health data,” she said. “That’s all important. But to achieve health equity, we actually have to act on the data. So, to me, the accountability also has to include how we are holding organizations accountable for looking at their data and using that data to implement interventions that actually get us to health equity or move us along this continuum toward health equity.”

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