HOW THE LACK OF MEDICAL DEVICE SECURITY COULD HARM PATIENTS: WHAT STEPS WE NEED TO BE TAKING NOW

Today’s medical devices are increasingly complex, integrated and ubiquitous. Securing them can be daunting. Safeguards that are appropriate for traditional IT equipment can have disastrous effect when applied to medical devices. This session will provide an overview of the problem and will offer specific guidance and tools appropriate for addressing medical device security. The session will

  1. Describe the digital security challenges presented by a largely unmitigated fleet of connected biomedical devices and discuss commonly available mitigation actions when addressing cyber vulnerabilities
  2. List examples of how data compromised to medical devices can have a major impact on patient safety
    Estimate the number of medical devices existing in their organizations that are vulnerable to data compromise using typical industry benchmarks
  3. Describe major reasons why data on microprocessor-based medical devices can be both more vulnerable and significantly more difficult to secure than data found on most IT equipment
  4. Identify best practice guidelines and tools available to help healthcare delivery organizations identify and mitigate medical device security risks

Stephen L. Grimes, FACCE, FHIMSS, FAIMBE, Managing Partner, Strategic Healthcare Technology Associates, LLC