Common Medical Devices Face The Risk of Malware Attacks


Experts warn that such connected health devices with software components can leak data and urge the government to put in cybersecurity measures to protect hospital databases

Points to ponder:

  • Common medical devices, such as oximeters, hearing aids, glucometers, and pacemakers, have a significant risk of being transformed into spyware and malware.
  • SiMD and SaMD are frequently found in personal medical technology devices that are linked to the internet, mobile phones, servers, and the cloud, leaving them vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
  • Without sufficient cyber security, these gadgets can be converted into spyware and malware, compromising critical patient data.
  • The government should consult with industry specialists to identify potential threats to national security.
  • Recent ransomware attacks on India’s top tertiary care hospitals emphasize healthcare establishments’ vulnerability and the necessity of medical data security.
  • The healthcare business in India currently lacks a centralized data collection mechanism to estimate the true cost of data manipulation.
  • Through institutional vision, governance concepts, and accountability, the World Health Organization (Europe) emphasizes the importance of data protection and governance.
  • Data protection necessitates legal and technological expertise, sufficient resource allocation, and training for all professionals involved in the processing of personal data.
  • Data security should be founded on institutional vision, governance concepts, and a commitment to be held accountable.