Guest post by Michael Chertoff and Jason Cook
Last week’s global ransomware cyber-attack that upended hospitals across the globe reminds us that every innovation comes with challenges. In all industries, especially the health care industry, connectivity offers tremendous benefits but also increased risk. Although these attacks disrupted health care services and others, the risk extends to every aspect of connected health care, including connected medical devices. This industry must come together to address growing challenges.
This challenge will only grow as “smart” devices become increasingly intelligent, leveraging new information sets to diagnose, monitor and treat patients. Today, many view the health and cost-savings benefits of connected medical devices as greater than associated cybersecurity vulnerabilities; however, the time is right for industry to advance cyber protections to maintain this risk calculus. While the FDA has provided cybersecurity guidance, the burden now rests with manufacturers.