Medical Device Vulnerabilities Continue to Plague the Industry

Its no secret that medical devices pose security risks to healthcare organizations as networks, tools and devices themselves become ever more connected. Common and pervasive cyberthreats, such as ransomware and malware, are also finding their way onto machines. In fact, 18 percent of provider organizations in a recent survey by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) reported that their medical devices were affected by malware or ransomware in the past 18 months.While the survey notes that few of these instances resulted in compromised protected health information or an audit, the threats could affect continuity of care or PHI security.Unsecured and poorly secured medical devices put patients at risk of great harm if those devices are hacked, said Russell Branzell, president and CEO of CHIME in a statement accompanying the release of the report. In recent years, that risk has increased exponentially as devices in hospitals and health organizations have become more and more interconnected. Our members are looking for ways to safeguard these devices, but they need resources and support to be effective.