The IoMT Security Conundrum: Ensuring Clinical Efficiency when Implementing Security Measures
for Network-Connected Devices
IT teams are facing new security and compliance concerns as the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) continues to proliferate healthcare environments. Robust devices, designed to streamline clinical workflows are increasingly valuable resources in the delivery of patient care, enabling data to be captured, aggregated, transmitted, and analyzed in real time. However, with these advanced capabilities come new security threats as each device represents a potential point of exposure for patient information.
Unfortunately, as organizations look to better secure these network-connected devices they face a difficult balancing act: ensuring that security measures do not impede clinical productivity. As these new tools, such as network-connected medical devices and shared mobile devices, move closer to the point of care, the security measures needed to ensure data privacy and compliance can begin to create barriers between clinicians, technology, and the patients they treat.
If not implemented properly, cumbersome security measures can at best lead to common security work arounds and compliance issues and at worst can lead to data integrity concerns, network security loop holes and even patient safety risks. Therefore, it is critical that IT organizations implement security practices with clinical workflows in mind in order to safely leverage IoMT devices throughout health systems.
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