The Pros and Cons of Connected Devices
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The Pros and Cons of Connected Devices

By Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, November 30, 2018

A report from Transparency Market Research states that owing to the rising number of connected devices and radical expansion of the internet, internal networks, fiber cables, and Wi-Fi, the risk associated with the medical devices will be one of the primary concerns among healthcare institutes. The report further noted that the proliferation of medical devices would compel companies to deploy cutting-edge security solutions to eradicate the growing malicious activities. On the other side, the report also noted that the rising security concerns of connected devices might act as a hindrance for the blooming of the connected market.

Today, the greater adoption of connected devices has brought forth an environment that poses severe threats to its security. This scenario has persuaded healthcare organizations to bolster the security of these devices and protect them against unauthorized access and cybercrimes. Primarily, in the North American market, the connected medical device security will have strong presence due to state-of-the-art healthcare firms in this territory. In the States, the FDA has issued strong guidance to increase awareness among healthcare professionals about the rising cyber crimes. To add to this, the FDA has also advised a medical security plan that will aid healthcare professionals to overcome the burgeoning cybercrime challenges. Hence, companies in this region are taking substantial steps to spur innovation and maintain the privacy of connected devices. For instance, the FDA’s Breakthrough Device Program can play a pivotal role to improve patients’ access to connected devices and maintaining a safe environment altogether. The FDA wants to onboard a CyberMed Safety Analysis board that can assist healthcare organizations to understand the vulnerability and response mechanisms of connected medical devices. The board will consist of personnel having sound knowledge of hardware, software, networking, and clinical environments.

Furthermore, the American Hospital Association also spoke to the FDA and advised them to include some healthcare providers on the board. According to them, having healthcare personnel will aid in accessing vulnerabilities, and evaluating risks at a more granular level. The job of the board will be to assess vulnerabilities and assess the patients’ safety with regards to connected devices.

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