“VA health care systems and medical devices increasingly rely on internet features that improve Veteran health care services and increase VA’s ability to treat Veterans. That’s why VA has been vigilant with its responsibility of mitigating potential cyberthreats.”
“According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the heath care environment is complex, and manufacturers, hospitals, and facilities must work together to manage cybersecurity risks.”
“As such, VA recently signed partnerships with Massachusetts General Hospital and Shepherd University. This collaboration’s research will address cybersecurity and compatibility measures needed in devices used for VA patient care. It will also refine existing and emerging cybersecurity standards and practices for network connectable medical devices, medical data systems and other related technology.”
“Beyond VA, the agreements could have a broad impact in standardizing cybersecurity and safety requirements within the larger public health sector. VA is contributing to industry-wide awareness of both medical device vulnerabilities and threats, while applying further tests of the Underwriters Laboratories criteria and other emerging standards…” Read the full article here.
Source: VA tackles medical device vulnerabilities and cyberthreats – January 13, 2020. VA.