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Jump Teams™ is InterMed’s Solution to your Temporary Staffing needs.
The InterMed Group’s Jump Team™ Services consists of a unique group of professional, cross-trained engineers with backgrounds in general biomed, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, surgical equipment and with efficient data entry skills.
There are several applications for our Jump Teams™ services:
- Biomedical or Diagnostic Imaging engineers to provide coverage during education/training, vacations, medical or personal leave and military leave.
- Large Preventive Maintenance and Corrective Maintenance projects, i.e. Infusion Pumps projects.
- Specialized Inventory Teams to perform inventory validations, RFID tags implementations, and New Facilities’ physical inventory, moves and new devices staging.
- Cyber specialized Teams to perform Medical Device Profiling (MDP) for Cyber Security.
InterMed engineers are all experienced, familiar with medical terminology, and trained in healthcare environments. They take leadership, responsibility and are accountable for individual reports and accuracy. The Jump Teams™ Service Engineers have completed more than four hundred projects nationally. These projects have been a mix of PMs, Correctives, Inventory services and Medical Device Profiling for Cyber Security with tailored adaptations to the operational plans and specific client requests.
InterMed’s Medical Device Profile (MDP) services for Cyber Security is a boots-on-the-ground Jump Team™ Program utilized to capture the critical data needed to perform the initial device profiling of all the healthcare entity’s equipment. MDP is the critical first-step in developing all variations of data defense strategies by identifying the risk points and vulnerabilities of the devices housing electronic Patient Health Information (PHI).
Advantages of using the InterMed Jump Teams™:
- InterMed’s Teammates are personable, certified professionals, able to adapt quickly to any clinical environment.
- Departments are able to free up their engineers to focus on their daily activities and core competencies.
- Clients have the option of choosing Teammates’ proficiency levels and field of expertise, from BMET 1s, 2s, 3s, Specialty Devices, DI’s, and/or Management level engineers.
- We offer flexible shifts on Physical Inventory Projects to ensure difficult, hard-to-access areas of the hospital are completed in a timely manner.
- Intermed’s custom designed inventory capturing App, powered by InterMed’s CMMS, NuVolo, provides our clients with accurate, real time data collection visibility.
- InterMed is a certified ISO 9001:2008 corporation.
Planning Phase: We begin each project by producing a project-specific notebook called the Jump Team™ Project Manual that includes the following:
- Staffing Expectations & Team Detail – names & pictures of each Technician, title/role/certifications, pertinent training (i.e. HIPAA Compliance Training), contact details, confirmation of vaccinations, and any pertinent accreditation details.
- Credentialing and Screening Detail of the Team.
- Facility detail – Locations & Floor Plans (all hospitals, clinics, off-site facilities)
- Organizational charts for both InterMed and Client teams to clarify the reporting lines.
- Outline of Expectations – Timelines – Scope of Services detail – Deliverables and reports’ structure.
- Confirmed Inventory List – piece count/PM’s or Correctives/MDP Data points. Also manage a “Critical Items” list as needed.
- Hospital Rules & Regulations – dress code, restrictions, off-limit sectors/rooms, hours of operations, etc.
- Specific procedures and data input (systems) parameters.
Performance Phase: InterMed’s Director of Jump Team™ Services schedules conference calls with the designated Manager twice a week to track productivity, timelines and expectation levels.
Jump Teams™ Project Leaders are responsible for:
- Performing quality checks data entry accuracy
- Creating daily & weekly production goals reports
- Serving as primary liason for the InterMed team and client point of contact on-site:
- To ensure timely delivery of goals.
- To facilitate communication and escalation to management
Evaluation Phase: At the end of each project, InterMed prepares a detailed summary of the results and findings, and provides the Client with an Executive Summary of our recommendations.
Physical Inventories and MDP projects will yield a data file mapped specifically to each clients’ format request for seamless data transfer.
We ask that the Client complete/return InterMed’s “Post-Project Survey” upon completion of the inventory project.
Learn More about Medical Device Profiling for Cyber Security
Medical device cyber security remains a complex and pressing challenge for Health Care organizations. Ensuring the steady security of biomedical devices (including all wired AND wireless medical devices) and the critical connected networks required to provide integrated patient care is arguably the most intimidating task faced by Management.
The reality for most Healthcare Organizations is that their in-house IT Group is underpowered and underfunded. Most of the larger outsourced solutions are very broad, expensive solutions that can devour budgets and take multiple phases to be functional. This leads to inaction or attacking the problem in small projects with little impact and dangerous exposure.
The complexity of the medical equipment, constrained budgets, and industry-specific compliance challenges make it extremely difficult to know where to start much less how to achieve measurable progress. And the threats are growing.
- Heavily regulated by the FDA via specific HIPAA data-protection requirements – devices can’t be updated or changed as easily as a traditional IT assets.
- OEM’s offer final/network solutions and/or new equipment with go-forward embedded solutions but offer little cyber security support for the existing inventory.
- Problem is magnified as the current inventory contains older, vulnerable “End-of-Life” devices that can no longer be patched or economically repaired.
- Challenge: Medical devices are unique as they function more like OT (Operational Technology) devices that are purpose-built to perform a specific set of functions, (like taking an X-Ray image or performing a CT scan) than a more traditional IT (Information Technology) devices like laptop computers
- IT and Biomedical Engineering departments are in constant state of “ownership” disarray because many of today’s medical devices are not traditional IT assets.
- Conversely, few Biomedical Departments have been trained on networking or cyber defenses.
InterMed’s Medical Device Profile (MDP) services serve as the cornerstone and critical first-step in developing all variations of data defense strategies by identifying the risk points and vulnerabilities of the devices housing electronic Patient Health Information (PHI).
MDP is a boots-on-the-ground Jump Team™ Program that utilizes certified teams to capture the critical data needed to perform the initial device profiling of all the healthcare entity’s equipment, covering all modalities, makes and models.
The primary focus of each MDP Jump Team™ project is to provide the critical base for defending the ePHI on the Clients’ Clinical Network by locating/capturing salient data on all devices that generate, store or transmit ePHI. Once the inventory is captured, we identify where it resides in the network, what it should be connecting and communicating with, and who should have access.
- Based on our collective experience of over 250 projects, each MDP Project is strategically designed to deliver comprehensive high-quality data (95%+ accuracy) in timely format that will serve as the foundation for go-forward cyber security evaluations, procedures and compliance.
- We are sensitive to the tight budgetary constraints usually applied to these projects. We reduce costs by eliminating unaffected equipment, applying erudite procedures to reduce time-on-site, and use our Team Leaders as point for any opportunities to respond to any anomalies or opportunities that create immediate impact enhancements.
- Patient Care is our #1 priority and our trained professionals appreciate the need to work around the clinical staff without impeding patient care at any time.
- We recognize that there are often high-value, critical assets requiring focused protection and prioritization. InterMed can also provide qualified Technicians in a “SWAT” configuration to gather the peculiar data without slowing the progress of the project. (As needed)
- Our final analysis and reporting is designed to fit into the CMMS of the Client/hospital without external programming.
- Our MDP supports a concurrent focus on developing an effective Security Awareness Program that will identify and fill any gaps in staff training.
- In addition to InterMed’s seasoned teams, we have developed strategic industry partnerships that add depth to the studied data as consultants and network advisors as needed.
InterMed’s Jump Teams™ are well known for superior PM, Corrective and Physical Inventory (PI) work. We use the same Agile Project Management protocols to tailor and deliver our MDP services. We steadily invest in the InterMed team’s training and coaching to maintain our leading-edge knowledge of healthcare technology and to address evolving challenges.
The InterMed teams are also trained to work in tandem with in-house Technicians and/or third parties as needed. This includes any “Hybrid Solutions” where we provide hands-on profiling supplements to 3rd party implementations (Xtreme Solutions, Cloudpost, Zingbox, MediTech, etc.) with assimilation of data/corrections for long-term viability.Potential Data Collection Points Include:
- Asset Tag ID
- Facility/Location; Room Number
- Description/Classification of Device
- Device Manufacturer
- Device Make/Model
- Manufactured Date
- Operating System
- Serial number
- Software Name & Version
- Host name
- IP Address
- Static or Dynamic
- Mac Address
- System component? (Name of system)
- Anti-Virus on system? (Y/N)?
- If not on Hospital domain – workgroup name
- Does the device store ePHI? (Y/N)?
- Capable of Encryption? (Y/N)?
- Is data that is sent encrypted? (Y/N)
- Does the device have antivirus? (Y/N)