Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) devices and their close cousins, biomedical devices, are essential components of any patient-care environment. Whether it’s wearables for heart rate, glucose (CGM), or skin temperature; implantable devices such as pacemakers; or in-clinic/in-hospital devices such as infusion pumps, imaging modalities, fetal monitors, and pulse oximetry (just to name a small few), it’s critical to protect the data handled by these devices. To do so requires consideration across the three core domains of cybersecurity: confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
Often, the small (or at least portable) size and convenience of medical devices encourages their adoption and use, but this in turn fuels cybersecurity challenges in the broader healthcare setting:
- What if the device is lost?
- How is communication with the device secured?
- How are patches/updates applied to the device, ensuring every device is included?
- What happens to the data once it’s offloaded from the device?
- How would we know if the device has been compromised?
Addressing IoMT questions and challenges requires a holistic approach, including working with device manufacturers and the FDA review process to ensure foundational cybersecurity concepts are included, and integrating the data into the operational, analytical, clinical, and sometimes enterprise IT environments at the provider.
One of the keys to success with medical device cybersecurity is having clear visibility into the operational status of every layer, including the devices, their communications gateway, and API and other integrations within the organization. Rule4 can not only assist with designing and deploying solutions, but also with assessing and operating existing environments.
Rule4 has extensive in-clinic and in-hospital experience with both biomedical devices and compliance frameworks such as HIPAA, HITRUST, PCI DSS, and NIST CSF. We bring a hands-on technical — but practical — approach to this complex challenge.
Contact Rule4 today. We’ll help address your IoMT and biomedical device concerns.