4 tips for securing internet-connected devices in healthcare

4 tips for securing internet-connected devices in healthcare

Doctor giving telehealth consultation to patient

The convergence of internet and healthcare comes with its benefits and risks for both patients and health providers. Securing internet-connected devices in healthcare is critical to keep patient information safe.

We’ve only just started to scratch the surface of how many lives we can change with telehealth, digital health records, internet-connected medical devices, wellness apps, and a range of other third-party apps and platforms.  

The flipside is that the health sector industry now has even more vulnerabilities to cyber-attacks. The health sector is in the top five industries for cyber-attacks because the data is sensitive and, therefore, more valuable. The health sector is also at risk because of the high interconnectivity of systems. 

The third week of Cyber Security Awareness Month 2020 focuses on the implications of internet-connected device use and what steps the health sector and patients can take ownership of and #BeCyberSmart. 

The infographic below includes four simple tips for securing internet-connected devices in healthcare and protecting private patient information: 

  1. Before you use a device for any sort of telehealth “session”, make sure you have the most recent software version and you use a secure wifi connection. 
  1. If you’re going to purchase a wearable device and use it to store or track your health information, make sure you do your homework and understand how the software company intends to keep your data safe. 
  1. If you want to download a health or wellness app, make sure it’s coming from a trusted source and be aware of what information is shared with the app (you can change this in your privacy/security settings). 
  1. Use a password manager so that your health records are locked securely behind a long and strong password or passphrase. 

Your connected healthcare 

The National CyberSecurity Alliance in the US has produced this excellent infographic for Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Please share this infographic with your patients, colleagues and peers!

Securing internet-connected devices in healthcare infographic
Source: https://staysafeonline.org/