Informatics and cybersecurity risk reduction in the era of connected medical devices

Becker's Health IT

Scott Trevino, Betsy Wormet

The rise and risks of connected devices in health systems

Increasingly, many of the medical devices used by hospitals and alternate sites of care are connected medical devices. These include connected MRIs, X-ray machines, CT scanners, monitoring and lab equipment and more.

However, when medical devices are connected to the internet via the hospital’s network, vulnerabilities can be exploited by hackers, putting these devices and their data at risk. “If a health system experiences a data breach,” Ms. Wormet said, “the average cost to the health system is about $7.1 million.” She also said that health systems typically don’t even realize that their devices have vulnerabilities.“ It’s upwards of...

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