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The Need for Cyber Security in the Healthcare System

Cyber security may be expensive, but the cost of a life is more

By: Giselle C. Matlis, Research Assistant

Imagine someone hacks your Facebook account.  You freak out, then figure a way to get the hackers out of your account, notify Facebook, change your password and move on.  Problem solved.

But what if the hacked system isn’t your Facebook?  Instead it’s a pacemaker in someone’s heart, or an entire hospital’s records and devices.  What would you do then?

In recent years, there have been many life-changing medical devices innovations that have helped thousands of people.  Connecting devices to the internet and hospital networks has contributed to this influx.  Medical device connectivity enables doctors to monitor and administer drugs to their patients from a far, allowing patients to live more normal lives.  Connecting them to the internet also helps to electronically update patient charts, minimizing the risk of transcription errors and drives improved patient outcomes.The goal of connected medical devices and aggregated data is to assist physicians in making informed decisions for treatment. Continue reading