Beefing Up Medical Device Cybersecurity

Healthcare Innovation

David Raths

Medical devices connected to hospital networks haven’t yet been the source of high-profile catastrophic cyberattacks in the United States. But the vulnerability to such attacks is leading to many sleepless nights for health system chief information officers and chief information security officers.

When Salt Lake City-based KLAS Research and CHIME (the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives) partnered to interview healthcare IT executives in 2018 about medical device security, only 39 percent of respondents said they were very confident or confident that their current strategy protects patient safety and prevents disruptions in care.

The survey found that 18 percent of provider organizations had medical devices impacted by malware or ransomware in the last 18 months. The CIOs and CISOs surveyed estimated...

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