Connected medical devices help improve patient health in many ways, such as allowing doctors to adjust implanted devices without resorting to dangerous invasive procedures, transmitting vital medical data remotely, performing real-time patient monitoring in intensive care units, and much more. But with those rewards come risks. Medical IoT devices also present significant potential security hazards, and they’re getting worse.
Medical devices can transmit dynamic data from a patient home to hospital staff. It allows healthcare professionals to have real-time monitoring of patient’s health. This continuous patient monitoring produces real-time analytics and alerts when there are fluctuations in patients’ vital statistics. Real-time monitoring captures early warning signs of health problems and collects health-related “big data”.
Connected medical devices encourage improved coordination and delivery of patient care through a 360* view of patient and the disease, improving the effectiveness of treatment plan;
The device manufacturer or supplier can also utilise real-time monitoring to observe device performance.
To realize great benefits envisioned in healthcare, IoT security must become a primary focus. Healthcare and IoT devices unique characteristics need a rethink about how comprehensive IoT Security needs to be implemented.
Healthcare IoT security solutions need to implement the above functional blocks as interconnected modules, not in isolation to meet data security and compliance requirements.
Device Authority’s KeyScaler platform delivers the Device Trust and Data Trust while enabling the operational scale required with automation. KeyScaler addresses all the key requirements and guidelines defined above (and many others) to provide a simplified yet robust security solution allowing the healthcare industry to leverage enterprise security required for connected and offline medical devices. This ensures businesses do not experience disruptions due to poor device security, and helps safeguard investments into digital transformation solutions.
Learn more in our Insight Guide: Securing IoT Medical Devices.
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