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January 12, 2018
In an effort to help consumers make informed health decisions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) renewed its commitment to digital health technology in its 2018 strategic policy roadmap. The ...
December 08, 2017
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new draft guidance clarifying its oversight of mobile medical apps. Furthermore, the agency will loosen its regulations for certain technologies it ...
November 30, 2017
Connected Health Conference highlights connected medical devices looking for a place in a clinical setting, ranging from sensored pill caps to non-invasive remote monitoring devices.
February 22, 2017
In this episode of SearchSecurity's Risk & Repeat podcast, editors recap RSA Conference 2017 and discuss how the show addressed many security problems, but had very few answers.
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Healthcare cybersecurity can be likened to those old movie westerns pitting the good guys against the bad guys. Back then, however, it was easy to distinguish the white hats from the black hats. Not so in today's complex, sinister world of computer hacking, malware, ransomware and botnets, where the black hats stealthily maneuver through the shadows of a cyberspace that has often been compared to the wild wild west. In some respects, healthcare systems have shown definite signs of improvement in preventing certain types of cybercrimes. But crime reductions in one area can mean increases in other areas as cybercriminals turn their attention to easier and perhaps more lucrative targets that threaten medical device cybersecurity.
The March issue of Pulse opens with the recognition that hackers are forever vigilant at concocting new and innovative ways to steal patient information and disrupt hospital operations. To add insult to injury, the perpetrators are now offering their hacking "best practices" as a service for less than altruistic reasons.
Along those lines, our cover story reports on healthcare's increasing use of and dependence on connected medical devices and the resulting vulnerability to hacks, namely ransomware. But IT analysts and security executives see artificial intelligence and blockchain as effective weapons in strengthening medical device cybersecurity. In another feature, we examine the misconception that security measures to safeguard electronic protected health information contained in clinical files march in lockstep with HIPAA privacy laws. To overcome that false sense of security, healthcare organizations need to closely assess key HIPAA mandates like risk analysis and policy audits.
Also in this issue, crippling ransomware attacks are supplanting health data breaches as the greatest enemy to patient privacy and safety. Statistics show that even though the number of patient records breached plummeted last year, ransomware and malware incidents doubled, security threats from insiders continued unabated, and health organizations took longer to discover they were breached. But there are several steps CIOs and CISOs can follow to protect patient information and shore up cybersecurity.Continue Reading
Bluetooth technology can be used in a hospital setting to provide patients with indoor GPS and the ability to receive information about equipment and medication. Continue Reading
IoT creates cybersecurity vulnerabilities in every capacity, from homes to critical infrastructure. Cytellix's Brian Berger offers tips to help stay safe. Continue Reading
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Worry about health IT cybersecurity has shifted from hacker-triggered health data breaches to ransomware and malware exploits that shut down hospitals and threaten patient safety. Continue Reading
Three health IT pros look at the challenges to full-blown cloud adoption and explain why hybrid cloud is a popular approach to storing medical images. Continue Reading
At RSNA 2017, an expert warns that insecurity of medical devices, including imaging hardware, threatens patient safety. A security director tells how Mayo Clinic protects devices. Continue Reading
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Medical devices pose a good deal of risk, experts say. One expert believes this is because the focus has been on patient privacy instead of the safety of medical devices. Continue Reading
Healthcare organizations need to connect procurement and cybersecurity to avoid common mistakes that could compromise medical device security, says a healthcare CISO. Continue Reading
Some say that IoT is inevitable. While there are many benefits to IoT in healthcare, there are also risks. CIO Jon Russell shares what concerns him most about medical IoT. Continue Reading
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More hacker threats, including via connected medical devices, are coming to healthcare organizations, but health IT professionals can look to AI and blockchain for possible help. Continue Reading
Safeguarding healthcare IoT cannot be an afterthought. Simon Moffatt of ForgeRock offers five steps to take on the path to secure healthcare IoT. Continue Reading
The proliferation of connected devices, like infusion pumps for medication delivery, has led to accuracy and safety issues. Improved software to manage the pumps may be the answer. Continue Reading