The FDA has announced a "voluntary recall" by Medtronic of certain internet-connected programmers for implantable cardiac devices due to cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Some security experts are hopeful that this will serve as a wake-up call for more manufacturers to take action on addressing cybersecurity issues.
Hackers remotely accessing medical devices and systems - potentially disrupting care and putting patients at risk - is the No. 1 technology hazard facing healthcare entities in the year ahead, according to a new report from the ECRI Institute. Security experts size up the significance of this risk.
The Food and Drug Administration plans to launch a new digital health "center of excellence" that includes a cybersecurity unit. The new unit would not only deal with cyber issues pertaining to new health technologies, but also challenges facing older medical devices.
Our expert will discuss the real potential for blockchain to bolster cybersecurity in healthcare, as well as help weed out some of the hype, including:
Blockchain security strengths and weaknesses: what you can count on and where you need to bolster
Risks and strategies to share data on a blockchain with a...
A case involving alleged insider theft of protected health information from a hospital in New York illustrates why healthcare organizations need to take extra precautions to prevent similar incidents. Security experts offer recommendations.
As healthcare records have steadily gone digital, the industry
has had to play catch-up with cybersecurity. But that is starting
to change as healthcare companies pay a steep toll in data
breaches: records replacement, remediation, downtime, bad
reputation, fines and even stock prices. The damage happens
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Employees at a healthcare company were going about their day when they received an email from their CEO - and it wasn't a typical meeting invitation. The email asked them to read and agree to a company policy. Simple. Just click on a link, login with their credentials and go to...
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The new Apple Watch 4, which includes a sensor that can conduct an electrocardiogram, spotlights the emergence of consumer apps that appear to cross over into the territory of medical devices, raising potential cybersecurity concerns.
The Food and Drug Administration should increase its scrutiny of the cybersecurity of networked medical devices before they're approved to be marketed, a new government watchdog agency report says. FDA says it will carry out the report's recommendations.
While healthcare entities and their vendors apparently are improving their encryption practices for computing and storage devices, regulators are also urging organizations to avoid overlooking the importance of physically securing and tracking these devices to help safeguard PHI.
Philips and Becton Dickinson have each issued multiple alerts this year regarding cybersecurity flaws in some of their medical devices. Some security experts say the two companies' transparency about cybersecurity issues - including new alerts issued last week - should be emulated by other manufacturers.
Some terms of the recent $115 million settlement in the class action lawsuit against health insurer Anthem tied to a 2015 cyberattack appear underwhelming for the victims, says attorney James DeGraw, who explains why.