ASC supply chain tip of the day: Focus on the 'internet of things'

Neil Olderman, partner at law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath, and president of Drinker Biddle & Reath's consulting firm Innovative Health Strategies, counsels hospital and health system clients on group purchasing arrangements, capital equipment acquisitions, as well as clinical and purchased services agreements.

Mr. Olderman shared the following supply chain tip with Becker's ASC Review:

"As the 'internet of things' becomes more prevalent, security is going to become a more significant component of supply-chain decision making," Mr. Olderman said. "There are any number of examples of medical device products that have been hacked in the past few years. As internet connectivity among medical devices becomes more prevalent, an ASC's supply chain team is going to need to coordinate with IT to make sure that products being purchased are secure and that the ASC's IT systems are adequately protected from hacking through medical devices."

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