Wild West Report
IoMT - Internet of medical things
IoMT - Today’s new world of connected device have exposed the Physician’s Lack of cybersecurity awareness. Healthcare practitioners including physicians have moved cybersecurity into second place in importance. After patient care, physicians have been mostly concerned with the optimum operation of medical devices, not with their vulnerabilities.
Whenever a physician’s computer was hit by some sort of cyber-attack, they would just reinstall the operating system without taking notice of what caused this breach. The lack of cybersecurity awareness, not updating antivirus programs are some vital reasons why physicians are finding themselves helpless against modern cyber attacks.
With internet of medical things (IoMT) Healthcare practitioners are learning about a fast reality. Physicians and other health care professionals can no longer take cybersecurity for granted. IoMT will connect every single object in the healthcare industry via internet and this will include doctors, patients, medical machines, healthcare records and so on. With all these new connected devices the attack surface is large and growing for cyber-criminals and the dangers are more prevalent every day.
According to National Health Service (NHS), 16 organizations were affected by a ransomware virus in May 2017. Ransomware encrypted all data on computers and demanded Bitcoins for decryption. Doctors and hospital staff were forced to turn away patients and cancel appointments due to this attack. The ransomware identified was WanaCrypt0r 2.0, Aljazeera reported.
With the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) more treatment will be shifted to home care as patients will be equipped with beacons and are monitored round the clock by their respective healthcare provider all the time. With so much connectivity its impossible to keep cybercriminals at bay. A chain is as strong as its weakest link. A USB containing some form of virus, Trojan or malware by an unaware physician will be enough to derail an entire healthcare system.
Unfortunately, facts related to physicians and cybersecurity are not encouraging. According to report by AMA researcher, 83 percent physicians reported that they have been a victim of cybersecurity at least once. Physicians due to lack of practical knowledge about cybersecurity are a soft target and are finding themselves more prone to cyber attacks, that not only disrupt their services for hours but also put patient safety and privacy at risk. Henry Ford Hospital confirmed in October 2017 that its facilities in Detroit and other locations were compromised, resulting in 18,470 patient’s data being taken away by hackers.
There is a serious need to enhance knowledge of physician and other healthcare providers regarding cybersecurity in order to successfully take them to the world of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT).