HIMSS Australia Digital Health Summit 2019
November 20-21, 2019 | Sydney, Australia

D4- Cybersecurity: Patient Safety in the Era of Wearables and Healthcare IoT

November 21, 2019
5:15pm - 5:45pm

Most of us now wear some form of fitness tracker and many hospitals and insurers are utilizing this personal health data to supplement provider data in our overall healthcare management. The volumes of healthcare data on each of us is staggering and is critical in our overall well-being as patients. But what happens when that data is compromised, changed or deleted?


Like it or not healthcare delivery is more reliant upon technology today than ever before to diagnose, treat, observe, manage and monitor patients. A basic systems outage is enough to bring an entire hospital or clinic to its knees. Just look at what happened in the UK when Ransomware took down much of the NHS.


But our technology reliance is not just focused on IT systems any longer, there are a multitude of different Healthcare Internet of Things (HIoT) devices that we use to improve patient outcomes. All kinds of medical devices, from IMDs, to pumps, to scanners, to patient and nurse call systems, all of which are critical in direct patient care. And let’s not forget, that we cannot do without HVAC systems, elevators, power, water and other building management systems, nearly all of which are now ‘smart’ and ‘connected’.


What happens when these simple devices are attacked by extortionists and cyber-criminals? Do most of us even know how many we actually have in each location, when they were last patched, and what security risks they pose to patients and to hospital IT systems? Just because they may be connected to an isolated network or VLAN doesn’t mean they are isolated.


How can we gain greater visibility into what’s happening in our hospitals and become better prepared to defend ourselves from the next inevitable attack?


Chief Security Strategist

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