The dramatic increase of medical devices in patient care has yielded many benefits. However, this technology also carries various risks, including risks to patient privacy, that must be addressed.
Taking these compliance challenges into account will allow healthcare organizations to prepare for compliance audits, but more importantly it will help institutions address issues that result in a negative patient outcome.
Guidance includes information about what’s protected—and what is not—when using period trackers and other health information apps on smartphones.
Medical devices and medical software are becoming increasingly connected to hospital networks, other medical devices or the Internet. As a result, manufacturers and developers are required to consider cybersecurity from the very early stages of development. This in turn necessitates comprehensive risk management along the entire lifecycle of a device.
Devices by themselves don’t improve outcomes. Better lifestyle integration is key to driving changes in patient compliance—embedding sensors into the sorts of devices people can use every day to increase opportunities for passive biometric capture and to facilitate therapeutics.
The challenge for the digital health community will be to bring the same high standards for care in the physical world to their digital interactions.
Adopting new technology to ensure the health and safety of patients shouldn’t adversely affect security and privacy.
Medical device security needs to address the cyber-physical threats, not just patient health information risk.
As one of the nation’s largest industries, and one that is experiencing serious issues with cost, staffing and customer experience, healthcare is a prime candidate for IoT solutions.
The collective variables within the healthcare system make it difficult to guarantee device security all the time.