Article: What to know about protecting the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)

One of the biggest technological shifts in the health care industry is the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). Connecting various devices and integrating them to operate seamlessly, IoMT offers a way to radically improve day-to-day operations in health care and better patient service.

But experts point out several concerns about IoMT that require immediate attention. The majority of IoMT devices have vulnerabilities. On average, IoMT device manufacturers publish 2000 to 3000 vulnerabilities every month. According to Shankar Somasundaram, CEO of Asimily, even the best manufacturers only patch about 1 in 50 of their known vulnerabilities, leaving a yawning gap for healthcare organizations to consider.

Asimily’s Founder and CEO, Shankar Somasundaram, suggests that clear ownership is important here. Currently, ownership over many essential IoMT security responsibilities sits in a vague space between the Biomed / healthcare technology management (HTM) side and the IS/IT side. The trouble is, if everyone owns something, nobody does—and key precautions then slip through the cracks. []

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