The core competency of healthcare is healthcare. Whether innovating new clinical treatments, enabling data sharing across a care team or discovering novel ways to enhance the quality of life, healthcare knows clinical care. The challenge faced in prioritizing medical device-based cybersecurity is that the buyers of medical devices haven’t been able to push for it as part of their purchase criteria.
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Cybersecurity used to be seen as a compliance initiative in healthcare but has become a patient safety and business imperative in recent years. For MDMs, tying market delays and metrics to a lack of security will inspire faster action. For HDOs, assessing strategies for incoming devices can start to shift the tide in how risks expand.
Healthcare is a cyber criminal’s dream. It presents the intersection of a data treasure trove, weak security posture, limited resources, complicated supply chain, and patient care delivery. Originally published at https://hitconsultant.net on February 24, 2022.
As with all new technology with great promise, connectivity in medical devices comes with new risks. The medical device industry needs more sound, rigorous, and scalable methods to generate and use evidence of cybersecurity risk. Read more about the new approaches device manufacturers should consider.