TRIMEDX President of Cybersecurity and Chief Technology Officer Doug Folsom recently contributed a column in MedTech Intelligence on how technology increasingly plays a key role in health systems delivering patient care, also meaning a heightened exposure to cyber risks.
The omicron variant of the coronavirus has made clear that the impact of the pandemic is far from over, particularly for health systems and hospitals. The ongoing need to limit close contact between providers and patients means technology will continue to play a key role, but with that increased reliance on technology comes the heightened exposure to cyber risks, as well.
Cyberattacks on healthcare facilities were a concern before COVID-19. The frequency and severity of threats have evolved in the wake of it. As the attack surface expands across health systems, cybercriminals are increasingly probing for vulnerabilities. Cyberattacks are costly to a hospital’s reputation and its bottom line, but patient care of course is the top priority. A growing concern amid this environment is the security of medical devices, which are growing in number and complexity and are increasingly being connected to a network. The pandemic has further exposed the risk and underscored the need to help protect your organization.