Hospitals want more cybersecurity from device makers | On Call

September 24, 2013 by Arezu Sarvestani

More healthcare providers are looking to medical device makers to provide better cybersecurity, for fear that vulnerable devices may put the entire hospital network at risk.

MassDevice On Call

MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Seven out of 9 hospitals and healthcare providers surveyed "strongly" agreed that medical device makers need to step up their cybersecurity and privacy practices, according to a study conducted by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

In a survey of information technology, information security, clinical engineering and compliance officials from healthcare organizations, addressed collectively as "Medical Device Security Leaders, most also said that they had to take the lead in addressing cybersecurity and educating medical device companies about the concerns.

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"MDSLs would prefer more proactive manufacturer communication and attention to the timely provision of updates, guides, and guidance in security patch deployment to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities," the authors reported.

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Some respondents agreed that medical device cybersecurity should be a shared responsibility between device makers and healthcare providers, with FDA responsible for providing guidance, standards and oversight.