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Five minutes in healthcare - featuring Robert Kerwin

by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO | July 08, 2020
Robert Kerwin
Five Minutes in Healthcare is a new series we've introduced in HealthCare Business News, where I discuss current events with some of the industry's most influential leaders, as well as innovative thinkers who are working to meet the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

In this installment, I check in with Robert Kerwin, general counsel for the International Association of Medical Equipment Remarketers and Servicers (IAMERS), about the state of cyber security in healthcare, the increasing rate of ransomware attacks and the importance of cyber insurance.

For Rob, this is a special topic of interest, and something he recently wrote about in detail for our Daily News online.

Rob recommends that organizations implement an incident response program, conduct data mapping, and address vulnerabilities in their systems. One resource he references in the following video is coveware, which can be used to help determine vulnerabilities proactively.

He also points to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Civil Rights Division's list of 'cases under investigation' for getting a sense of how frequent data breaches are being reported by healthcare providers.

We hope you enjoy the video. Please tell us what you think, and let us know who you would like to see interviewed next:

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About Phil Jacobus

Phil Jacobus has been involved in health care since 1977, when he visited China to sell equipment. He has done business in 35 countries and still travels extensively. Phil is active in charity, helps rural clinics and always tries to help DOTmed users when he can.

Phil is a member of AHRA, HFMA, AAMI and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.

Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.

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