Health Systems Must Keep Medical Devices Secure

Samara Rosenfeld

If hacked, medical devices can cause serious harm to the patient or operator.

The rise of innovation in healthcare has brought new technology to the forefront. From machine learning tools to robotic assistants, medical devices have been taken to the next level.

However, just like a health system’s computer, these medical devices have a chance to be hacked by cyber attackers. Tools like pacemakers and heart rate monitors could be compromised without the user even knowing.

The technology could be groundbreaking, but if proper cybersecurity measures aren’t followed, the devices can cause serious harm to the patient or operator.

At HIMSS, Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek, told Inside Digital Health™ that while many health systems have strengthened their cybersecurity, others have not, and remain at an increased risk.

McMillan also said that medical device security is getting more exciting today because more solutions have been developed to address these types of issues.

Now, cybersecurity companies can assess the device’s level of security from a risk perspective and put proactive measures in place to help health systems better maintain and secure the technology.

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