Cybersecurity and Privacy

Safeguarding Patient Care Operations with Network Segmentation and Network Access Control

Innovation in technology and adoption has played a critical role in enhancing patient care, experience and safety at The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). The reality is that the protection of connected devices and assets remains a significant challenge and opportunity. The health system leveraged a risk-based approach for determining criticality of assets and defining security zones facilitated by network and wireless segmentation technologies and related policies to manage assets including clinical/biomedical devices.

Innovations in cybersecurity and health IT are enabling and transforming patient- and family-centered care delivery within the health system, such as smart building and security, real-time location services, entertainment and live streaming capabilities, portable clinical devices and medication dispensers. Each new technology must be integrated into the network and have all of their associated devices authorized for network access.

Network access control is a technology and process that allows only authorized devices to connect to the network, and network segmentation creates control gates between different types of devices based on security posture and risk profile. Leveraging network access control in conjunction with network segmentation allows a high-quality patient experience without compromising the security of personal healthcare information and safeguarding patient care operations.

Hear from MUSC’s Chief Information and Security Officer Sanjeev Sah on how his team collaborated with a wide range of stakeholders at MUSC and beyond to safeguard patient care operations throughout the network.

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