VA and Federal Hospitals
While all hospitals must confront the limitations of wireless medical telemetry, looming capacity shortfalls are especially challenging for VA Medical Centers. This is due to strict Cybersecurity mandates, which will require WMTS networks to meet the FIPS 140-2 standard through integration of strong encryption. Such encryption will consume approximately 50% of the existing medical telemetry network capacity. Without augmentation in the supply of WMTS radio spectrum resources, VA facilities will have to meaningfully reduce the number of patients they can monitor, and this will have unacceptable clinical consequences.
“The impact of these data security requirements is that the spectrum needed for data roughly doubles in order to meet the security encryption requirements. With spectrum already exhausted at some facilities, and nearing exhaustion at others, wireless monitoring itself will have to be curtailed unless additional spectrum capacity can be obtained.”
- Philips Healthcare
VA Cybersecurity Concerns with Medical Telemetry
WMTS systems used at VA hospitals will soon have to meet the FIPS 140-2 standard and include advanced data encryption. Absent commercial spectrum, WMTS does not provide sufficient bandwidth to accommodate such encryption without a 50% loss in bed monitoring capacity.
“Additional spectrum would support the demand for encryption at VA hospitals and elsewhere while retaining current capabilities and coverage.”
- American Hospital Association
Expanded Capacity to Meet VA Healthcare Cybersecurity Mandate
For the Veterans Administration and other Federal hospital systems with Cybersecurity mandates, expanded capacity is essential to prevent patient monitoring loss. Commercial spectrum would prevent loss, while still adding incremental patient monitoring capacity at the VA.
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