CHALLENGES IN MANAGING MEDICAL DEVICE CYBERSECURITY

Ransomware and other cybersecurity threats was listed by ECRI Institute as the top health technology hazard for 2018 due to their ability to disable hospital IT systems, causing delays to patient care, altering clinical workflows, and even resulting in facility closures. Effective management of cybersecurity with connected medical devices in a clinical setting is particularly difficult due to a range of practical limitations. Many medical devices still require hands-on updates and facilities are often faced with the burden of managing large fleets of old legacy devices from hundreds of different vendors. During this session we will discuss through key challenges with managing medical device cybersecurity faced by ECRI Institute’s member hospitals and outline practical recommendations on how to address each.
Juuso Leinonen, Senior Project Engineer, Health Devices Group, ECRI Institute