An article by author, Tom Sullivan, in the May 30, edition of Healthcare IT News, entitled, "Hospital survival guide for a world overflowing with unsecured medical devices", provided a stern warning. Quoting the article: "Medical device security is an utter mess."
Hospital IT shops and security staff need to think of medical devices as computers, but ones with even more vulnerabilities, said Steve Spearman, VP of HIPAA Compliance at Healthicity. Spearman, along with Mary McGuirl, Director of IT at Oneida Healthcare in New York, will present the session, “Assessing the Risk of Your Medical Devices,” at HIMSS16.
In a May 8, article on the iHealthBeat.org website, they indicate that, “Cyberattacks are the leading cause of health care data breaches, according to the Ponemon Institute's fifth annual privacy and security report, Healthcare IT News reports (McCann, Healthcare IT News, 5/7).” According to the Ponemon report, which “surveyed 90 health care organizations and 88 business associates to gauge privacy and security trends,” initially, the following: