Wi-Fi® in Healthcare: Security Solutions for Hospital Wi-Fi Networks (2012)

Connecting medical devices to a hospital Wi-Fi network improves clinical workflows, ensures access to real-time patient data, and provides a secure and robust solution for Clinical Information Systems (CIS). Hospital staff and patients must have confidence that a hospital’s Wi-Fi network is able to protect sensitive patient information, provide reliable data connectivity, and effectively support all connected devices, both medical and non-medical.

This white paper provides the hospital IT professional more specific recommendations for using WPA2™-Enterprise security and 802.1x authentication protocols to protect a Wi-Fi network from unauthorized access, such as compromised passwords, data exposure, "man-in-the-middle" threats. Also included are recommendations for establishing and managing a secure Wi-Fi network and considerations around the mobility needs of network devices in the hospital environment and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy management. All of these recommendations can be considered best practices and may be included as risk control measures when implementing a risk management plan per the international standard IEC 80001-1:2010 (see sidebar on Risk Management).

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