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IoMT & Cybersecurity: Health care takes on a growing challenge

Twitter: @CindyBergevin

Spotlight on the Internet of Medical Things

Cybersecurity is moving to the top of the agenda for leaders of America’s health systems and around the world as hackers target weak hospital IT infrastructure in search of valuable patient data and payouts.

From high-profile data breaches at major health providers to a recent ransomware attack that affected more than a dozen National Health Service hospitals in the United Kingdom, the health care industry is increasingly looking to beef up security and get ahead of the hackers.

Cyberattacks targeting patient data jumped 300% between 2014 and 2016, according to a report from TrapX Security. The U.S. health care industry is spending an estimated USD 6.2 billion a year in fines and other costs related to health data breaches, according to the Ponemon Institute. In addition to data breaches, health systems have been hit by Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) and ransomware attacks, which can slow or shut down vital health care infrastructure.

As attacks on the industry grow and, perhaps of more concern, evolve, internet of medical things (IoMT) devices also are becoming a bigger target. The vulnerability of IoMT is drawing greater scrutiny from IT professionals because internet-connected devices are proliferating in health care and have been harnessed to launch cyber attacks. And while there is no evidence that patients have been directly harmed by an exploited device, weak security measures remain a concern.

Join this IoMT Webinar

To aid the health systems in better understanding the risks and solutions of cybersecurity and IoMT, the Center for Connected Medicine, an executive briefing center in Pittsburgh, is hosting a webinar that will explore the threats and how the industry is responding. The webinar, the second in a two-part series focused on IoMT, will be moderated by Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA, chief innovation officer at UPMC and executive vice president at UPMC Enterprises.

“If there’s one constant topic in almost every board room discussion, it’s cybersecurity,” Dr. Shrestha said. “The time is now for the health care industry to rise to the challenge of not just staying a step ahead, but taking an aggressive, intelligent and proactive approach to managing cyberthreats and concerns across the board.”

Register here for the webinar on July 17 at 11 a.m. ET. For the discussion, Dr. Shrestha (@RasuShrestha) will be joined by three cybersecurity thought leaders:

All four experts will continue the conversation and take questions during a TweetChat immediately following the webinar.

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Cindy Bergevin

About Cindy Bergevin

Cindy leads enterprise healthcare marketing at Nokia where she reaches out to healthcare systems around the world to help them with their digital transformations in order to become real-time healthcare systems. Tweet @CindyBergevin

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