Contracting executives can get need-to-know, security-related information about the networked devices and equipment for which they are contracting with the “Manufacturer Disclosure Statement for Medical Device Security (MDS2).”
Developed by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and standardized through a joint effort between HIMSS and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the MDS2 form provides medical device manufacturers with a means of disclosing the security-related features of their medical devices. Providers can use it to assess the vulnerabilities and risks associated with protecting the health information transmitted or maintained by medical devices.
Key benefits of using a standardized form, according to HIMSS and NEMA, include:
- Provides a comprehensive set of medical device security questions developed through broad stakeholder participation and medical device vendor buy-in.
- Allows for easy comparison of security features across different devices and different manufacturers.
- Facilitates the review of the large volume of security-related information supplied by manufacturers.
To learn more about the “Manufacturer Disclosure Statement for Medical Device Security,” and to download a copy, go to http://www.himss.org/resourcelibrary/MDS2?navItemNumber=21740.