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The Internet of Things (IoT) healthcare offers tremendous benefits to the sector, but it also introduces a slew of security flaws. Hackers could gain access to medical devices connected to the internet and steal or manipulate data.
FREMONT, CA: Once the COVID-19 interruptions subside, healthcare IT solutions will become a higher priority for IoT service providers. Even though remote sensing medical devices have been around for more than two decades, and telemedicine has been around for even longer, the underlying technology has improved hundred times. There will be no more doctor appointments. The IoT is an interconnected network of intelligent devices capable of making decisions, cooperating in groups, and sending data to the cloud.
Challenges of IoT in Healthcare
Although IoT in healthcare has numerous advantages, it also has some drawbacks that must be addressed. These challenges must be acknowledged before the IoT healthcare solutions can be considered for implementation.
Massive Amounts of Created Data are Being Fed into The System: Thousands of devices in a single healthcare institution, plus a thousand more streaming data in real-time from faraway locations, will generate massive volumes of data. The data created by IoT in healthcare will very certainly result in substantially larger storage requirements, ranging from terabytes to petabytes. AI-driven algorithms and the cloud can help make sense of and organize this data if used correctly, but this strategy requires some work.
Attack Surface Will Grow as a Result of IoT Devices: IoT healthcare offers tremendous benefits to the sector, but it also introduces a slew of security flaws. Hackers could gain access to medical devices connected to the internet and steal or manipulate data. They can also infiltrate an entire hospital network, infecting IoT devices with the dreaded Ransomware malware. Patients and their heart rate monitors, blood pressure readings, and brain scanners will be held hostage by the hackers.
Current Software Infrastructure is Out of Date: Many hospitals' IT infrastructures are outdated. They will prevent IoT devices from being properly integrated. As a result, healthcare facilities will need to update their IT systems and implement new, more up-to-date software. Virtualization (SDN and NFV) and ultra-fast wireless and mobile networks like Advanced LTE or 5G will be required.