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Improving Medical Device Security Beyond Patching, Traditional Tools

January 24, 2019 - Medical device security was thrust into the spotlight in 2018, as the Food and Drug Administration continued to bolster its cybersecurity program. In fact, an August MedCrypt report found that since the FDA released its cybersecurity guidance in 2016, medical device vendors reported 400 percent more vulnerabilities per quarter. The increase in disclosures is a sign of growing...


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HHS Releases Best Practice Healthcare Cybersecurity Guidelines

by Jessica Davis

The Department of Health and Human Services issued cybersecurity guidelines for the healthcare sector on Friday, focused on voluntary cybersecurity practices to reduce security risks and bolster cybersecurity programs across the...

Medtronic Ventilator Recalled by FDA for Software Update

by Jessica Davis

The Food and Drug Administration released an alert about a global voluntary corrective field action on Medtronic’s Puritan Bennett 980 ventilators. The action was announced this week and began on September 19. The FDA classified the...

Biggest Challenges, Lessons Learned from Health Cybersecurity in 2018

by Jessica Davis

The cybersecurity issues faced by the healthcare sector in 2018 aren’t much different from those in recent years. However, hackers are increasing in sophistication and steadily improving success rates. The year started off with a...

HSCC Wants Healthcare Cybersecurity Waiver to Anti-kickback Rules

by Fred Donovan

The Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) asked the HHS OIG for a waiver to the anti-kickback rules to enable the donation of healthcare cybersecurity technology and services to improve the cybersecurity of smaller healthcare...

Remote Access System Hacking Is No. 1 Patient Safety Risk

by Fred Donovan

Hackers attacking healthcare through remote access systems and disrupting operations is the number one patient safety risk, according to the ECRI Institute’s annual Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2019. ECRI Institute said it...

Patient Safety Concerns Driving Medical Device Security Investment

by Fred Donovan

Medical device security and patient data privacy are two of the areas in which the healthcare industry is investing to curb the costs of adverse patient safety events, according to a study by Frost & Sullivan. Other areas of...

Stronger Healthcare Cyber Hygiene Can Improve Patient Safety

by Elizabeth Snell

HHS’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) should create an exemption allowing donations of training/education services, software, and technology to improve healthcare cyber hygiene, according to the Association for Executives in...

FDA Calls for Continuous Collaboration in Medical Device Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare is becoming increasingly reliant on connected devices, which is why medical device security must remain a top priority. Cybersecurity threats are a constant worry but the FDA aims to help healthcare organizations remain...

ICS-CERT Reports Medfusion Medical Device Vulnerabilities

by Elizabeth Snell

Recently discovered medical device vulnerabilities in infusion pumps could potentially allow a remote attacker to gain unauthorized access, affecting the pump’s intended operation, according to the Department of Homeland...

FDA Announces Update on Abbott Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent firmware update was created in an effort to reduce potential harm from cybersecurity vulnerabilities in certain Abbott pacemakers. The FDA approved the update, saying patients and providers should discuss the firmware update at...

Do HIPAA Regulations Need Updates on Patient Privacy?

by Elizabeth Snell

Current patient privacy laws, such as HIPAA regulations, may need to be adjusted to help individuals who are suffering from drug addiction, HHS Secretary Tom Price said in a recent White House press briefing. It is particularly...

Patient Safety Critical Part of Healthcare Information Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data breaches, denial of service (DoS) attacks, and ransomware attacks are a few of the potential threats to healthcare information security that could impact patient safety, according to a report published in The New England...

Patient Safety, PHI Security Key in HHS Cybersecurity Role

by Elizabeth Snell

The recent WannaCry ransomware attack shows how patient safety, along with PHI security, need to be key focus areas in the HHS cybersecurity role, according to the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. In a hearing held...

How Recent Senate HELP Bills Affect Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently approved several pieces of legislation, some of which could potentially affect areas of healthcare data security. Along with approving the Improving Health...

How to Increase Patient Safety, Health Data Security on EHRs

by Sara Heath

Patient safety and patient health data security on EHR systems is of critical importance in preventing accidental health data breaches. In order to identify the key areas in which EHR and health IT users could make safety improvements, the...

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