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UEM: the Rx for healthcare IT security, reliability and compliance

22. March 2023, Avatar of Kilian SchwermerKilian Schwermer

While it has a lot in common with business IT, healthcare IT is critical infrastructure that has unique endpoint management needs. IT admins must ensure that highly diverse devices comply with cybersecurity and data privacy regulations. And hospital systems are under intense financial pressure so IT cost control and ROI are top priorities. A lot is stake, not the least of which are human lives. 

In short

  • Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) brings multiple benefits to healthcare IT management.
  • UEM makes it easier to enforce industry-specific IT regulations and secure Protected Health Information (PHI).
  • Capabilities including automated inventory, vulnerability scanning and deployment of OS updates and software patches identify and close security gaps 
  • Intuitive automation of routine tasks enables consistent management practices and higher IT productivity to reduce costs and improve overall ROI.

Healthcare IT teams must meet a demanding range of requirements for users highly intolerant of endpoint reliability issues. Networked infrastructure tends to be highly complex with diverse devices including business PCs, physicians’ mobile devices and specialized medical hardware and software. Sysadmins must comply with strict regulations regarding Protected Health Information (PHI) from targeted cyberattacks even as healthcare organizations expand digital healthcare access. Healthcare organizations also are under intense financial pressure so IT must prioritize cost control and ROI. Finally, a secure and reliable IT infrastructure is critical for delivering quality healthcare and even saving lives.

UEM as the foundation

A comprehensive Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solution like the baramundi Management Suite (bMS) can provide the foundation for meeting the specific needs of healthcare IT teams. Automated network inventory, vulnerability scanning, OS updates, patch management and other bMS capabilities enable IT teams to create and enforce consistent endpoint management practices. That not only improves cybersecurity, it also elevates IT efficiency and reduces the burdens of most time-consuming routine management tasks.

With the help of bMS, IT teams can ensure that devices are secured and compliant. In addition, systems can be managed remotely. This is an invaluable when dealing with users, PCs and mobile devices used across multiple locations.

Improving IT security, reliability, compliance and costs

A UEM solution also makes it possible to provision and manage all devices including desktop computers, smartphones, laptops and tablets, as well as specialized medical hardware and software from a single intuitive admin console.

Privacy-protected features also enable IT to identify unauthorized or suspicious access to data on network volumes or removeable storage devices.

UEM solutions such as bMS also deliver benefits including:

  • Prompt deployment of policy-based updates, patches and hotfixes.
  • Increased IT productivity through device and process standardization 
  • Improved network transparency and costs through automated, detailed hardware and software inventory.
  • Faster device provisioning and user self-service options.
  • Easier removal of old and/or rarely used devices

Diagnosis: Vulnerability

From outdated software to delayed patch deployments, endpoint vulnerabilities are particularly sensitive in healthcare.
Our free whitepaper details how the bMS can help you quickly identify and close security gaps while improving system reliability and costs.

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