University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust has chosen Ordr to provide a new cyber security solution that will improve patient safety.

The systems control engine (SCE) solution is able to locate and secure every connected device, including Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), Internet of Things (IoT) and Operational Technologies (OT).

As a result, all hospital equipment, medical and non-medical, connected to the trust’s network can be profiled, protected and monitored under one umbrella system, which can detect any abnormal activity that may suggest a device has been compromised.

Dr Zia Din, the trust’s chief clinical information officer (CCIO), said: “Saving time for staff and reassuring patients that they and their information are safe is always a priority for us.

“This system is invaluable, allowing our staff to care for our patients safe in the knowledge that cyber security is being taken care of. It is reassuring that we are less likely to have disruption to our systems necessary for delivery of patient care.”

This deployment follows a similar deal Ordr struck with the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) in January 2021 which also saw the SCE solution being deployed.

Bob Vickers, head of UK and Ireland at Ordr, added: “There is an urgent need, more than ever before, to address the visibility and security of unmanaged IoT, IoMT, and OT devices – especially as healthcare organisations are currently under immense pressure to cut costs and leverage resources efficiently to face the plethora of challenges brought on by the pandemic.

“With Ordr, security teams can increase visibility into IoT risks, bring devices into compliance, manage procurement and capital spend. By leveraging device utilisation insights, healthcare organisations can identify areas of over or under use, freeing-up resources to treat more people in need.”

You can find out more about how to protect medical devices from cyber attacks at the next Digital Health Best Practice Webinar which is taking place on Friday (May 7) and will feature Ordr and Adrian Byrne, CIO at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.