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New white paper shares perceptions of medical device cybersecurity, need for collaboration to address cyber challenges.
Nov 15 2018
In today's digital world, the rise of connected health – advanced, technology-enabled tools that provide people and their physicians with information to better manage their health – is transforming patient care. Studies have shown that connected devices can significantly improve patient outcomes by reducing hospitalizations and the overall cost of care.1
Of course, as with any other internet-enabled technology, enhancing connectivity for medical devices also requires a strengthened focus on cybersecurity. The same powerful technology that multiplies the value of medical devices and data can also present risk to connected healthcare’s integrity and availability if not managed and understood effectively by all stakeholders within the connected environment.
To better understand the perceptions and awareness of medical device cybersecurity, Abbott and Brunswick Insights surveyed 300 physicians and hospital administrators to learn about the cyber challenges they face in the hospital environment. Survey findings were recently released in a white paper co-authored by Abbott and The Chertoff Group, a security and risk management advisory firm.
Key findings include:
Using these survey insights, Abbott and The Chertoff Group included in the white paper key considerations and ways the connected healthcare ecosystem must come together to address the cyber risks that face the entire healthcare industry, including:
To learn more details about the survey findings and what comes next, check out the press release and infographic about cybersecurity in the connected hospital.
1. Slotwiner D, Varma N, Akar JG, et al.: HRS Expert Consensus Statement on Remote Interrogation and Monitoring for Cardiovascular Electronic Implantable Devices. Heart Rhythm 2015; 12:e69–e100
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