Digital connectivity is critical to today’s health care systems, and cybersecurity is crucial to that digital connectivity. Started by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, October has been recognized as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month since 2004.
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month supports efforts from government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity in healthcare and medical imaging.
Medical imaging devices and enterprise image systems are a significant part of the modern health delivery infrastructure, and it is important that stakeholders across the industry work together to share the responsibility of cybersecurity to ensure patient safety, privacy and security. Technology alone cannot provide protection; organizational measures must also be in place to ensure good cyber hygiene.
In order to improve the overall cybersecurity of the health industry and protect patient information, good cyber hygiene is essential. This means proper network security, appropriate physical controls, and third-party support. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility between all stakeholders, including manufacturers, healthcare providers, and patients.