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Medical System Hacks Are Scary, but Medical Device Hacks Could Be Even Worse

On Friday, a major cyberattack hit health systems around the world. In Britain, where the attack affected hospital IT systems, doctors were unable to access patient records. Ambulances were diverted and emergency care delayed. Unfortunately, attacking hospital IT systems is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cyber vulnerabilities in the health care sector. Hacks of implanted or wearable medical devices are an even more sobering threat.

In this commentary for Harvard Business Review, Dr. David Nickelson of Sapient Consulting’s Health practice outlines some basic steps that hospital CIOs can take to reduce their risk and protect patients, devices, networks and data.

Read the full article here.