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GE Healthcare beefs up cybersecurity protection for providers with Skeye

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | February 25, 2020
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“Skeye uses a combination of people, process and technology to monitor, alert and remediate security vulnerabilities,” said Baig. “Individually, each of these components represents significant capital expenditure and increased labor costs. Skeye can deliver this as a service for a lower overall cost. Additionally, the Skeye offering is flexible and can grow or reduce depending on the customer's needs, as opposed to increasing or reducing personnel. Finally, as the Skeye technology suite grows, the customer benefits immediately instead of evaluating a new technology or upgrading technology already purchased.”

One practice to benefit from Skeye is T.J. Regional Health, an independent, multi-site provider in southern Kentucky that partnered with GE Healthcare to pilot the solution. The hospital has since formed a more proactive cybersecurity plan, created stronger connections between its departments, defined a cybersecurity policy and installed proper procedures and policies for device security management, according to its director of IT, Chad Friend.

“As a small hospital group, we don’t have a large IT team,” he said in a statement. “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?”

The solution is vendor-agnostic, offering protection to any networked medical device, regardless of age, OEM or operating system.

It is currently available for sale in the U.S.

GE Healthcare plans to extend it to providers outside of the U.S. later this year.

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