The Alliance for Quality Medical Device Servicing (TRIMEDX is a member) recently released a position paper highlighting the critical importance of cybersecurity as part of an effective and safe service strategy along with the need for action around access, reporting, and remediation. Cybersecurity is a critical issue impacting all industries and none more than healthcare, which remains the most attacked critical infrastructure in the nation. From 2021 to 2022, cyberattacks on healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) increased 86% from 758 attacks per week to 1,410. Additionally, 53% of medical devices have known critical vulnerabilities, and for the past 12 years HDOs have the highest cost per breach at +$10M with a record number of breaches in 2021. Nearly one quarter of surveyed HDOs stated cyberattack victims experienced increased mortality rates following a data breach, and more than half reported inferior patient outcomes due to longer hospital stays and delayed procedures. At its core, cybersecurity in healthcare is a patient safety issue. Download and read the position paper here.
About the Alliance for Quality Medical Device Servicing
The Alliance for Quality Medical Device Servicing is an informal coalition of five leading independent medical device service organizations which support healthcare providers across the United States. The members of the Alliance are TRIMEDX, Sodexo, Crothall, Agiliti, and the InterMed Group. The Alliance represents some of the largest participants in the Independent Service Organization (“ISO”) segment of the U.S. medical device service industry. Alliance members collectively employ tens of thousands of associates across all fifty states and actively service and maintain millions of medical devices.