“The Department of Veterans Affairs and safety organization UL have developed a program for medical device security.”
“Officials of the organizations say the initiative addresses an existing gap in the marketplace for cybersecurity standards and certification for connected medical devices.”
“As the Internet of Medical Things shows increasing potential to impact patient care, boost efficiency and improve healthcare quality, the VA hopes to find solutions to secure large-scale IoMT device deployments to support critical care delivery for about 9 million patients under its care.”
“But maintaining these devices, and ensuring their resilience to cyber threats is difficult. To date, patching and reconfiguring devices to extend service lifetimes has resulted in devices with outdated and vulnerable software, the VA notes…”
“As part of the project, a task group of VA, UL and public sector and private collaborators convened to address healthcare technology challenges by identifying security gaps between in-home and in-facility care, aiming to ensure product functionality. The VA and UL also demonstrated using ICU Medical’s Plum 360 infusion pump at a VA site in Tampa.”
“The task group worked closely for two years to test hypotheses and expand their knowledge of medical device cybersecurity. Key results of the effort included…” Read the full article here.
Source: Department of Veterans Affairs, UL partner on device security – By Joseph Goedert, October 16, 2019. Health Data Management.