– GE Healthcare introduced a new medical device cybersecurity service to help hospital groups fight against cybersecurity risks.
– The offering, entitled Skeye, blends industry expertise, AI and process management tools to augment hospitals’ existing resources and capabilities by providing proactive monitoring through a remote security operations center – helping them detect, analyze and respond to cybersecurity threats and events in real-time.
GE Healthcare has introduced a new cybersecurity service offering that brings together medical device expertise, artificial intelligence and process management tools to help hospital groups in their fight against cybersecurity threats. The new solution, called Skeye, augments hospitals’ existing resources and capabilities by providing proactive monitoring through a remote security operations center (SOC) – helping them detect, analyze and respond to cybersecurity threats and events in real-time.
Rising Medical Device Cybersecurity Risks
As more devices become connected, cybersecurity risk increases – and security incidents can profoundly impact an organization’s productivity, finances, quality of care and reputation. In 2018 alone, 82 percent of hospital technology experts reported a “significant security incident,” with the average data breach costing $3.86 million.
GE Healthcare’s Skeye aims to address those risks by providing customers with a complete medical device security assessment to help identify risks and vulnerabilities, recommended action plans, remediation advice, and execution strategies – facilitating collaboration across customers’ clinical engineering, IT and security teams. Additionally, AI tools will automate connected device inventory and equipment risk profiling throughout a hospital to create a dynamic management system for device onboarding and decommissioning.
360 Degrees of Defense
GE Healthcare’s Skeye utilizes AI-enabled tools together with the security operations center to analyze, monitor and help manage cybersecurity vulnerabilities. As a vendor-agnostic solution, Skeye helps protect networked medical devices, regardless of age, OEM or operating system. Its 360˚ coverage starts with risk assessment and moves to real-time networked device discovery. A SOC team provides monitoring and threat detection and remediation for connected medical devices under a GE Healthcare service contract.
Skeye Pilot Findings with T.J. Regional Health
T.J. Regional Health, an independent, multisite organization with two hospitals, a health pavilion, and eight outlying clinics to support communities in southern Kentucky recently partnered with GE Healthcare to pilot the new Skeye offering. The goal of the pilot was to ensure T.J. had robust cybersecurity systems to help protect against vulnerabilities and breaches.
The assessment and recommendations from GE Healthcare helped T.J. Regional Health to implement a more proactive cybersecurity plan, better connect between departments, define a cybersecurity policy and install proper procedures and policies for device security management.
“Defending T.J. Regional Health against malicious cyberattacks and protecting our patients, data and medical facilities is a top priority,” said Chad Friend, Director of IT at T.J. Regional Health. “We wanted to stay current with cybersecurity trends, assess the risk across our hospitals and clinics and analyze our own preparedness. GE Healthcare’s Skeye offering helps us do just that.”
“As a small hospital group, we don’t have a large IT team,” explained Friend. “Accessing the global scale, tools and expertise of GE Healthcare gave us a partner to ensure we have a robust cybersecurity process in place and access to the latest information and action plans. After all, who knows how to protect the devices better than an equipment manufacturer?”
Skeye is currently available to customers in the U.S. For more information, click here.