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A Matter of Life and Death: Securing IoT Healthcare

A Matter of Life and Death: Securing IoT Healthcare


Today the Internet of Things has influenced every industry by storm. Not only that, it has made a stout presence in consumer/commercial conversation. Thanks to the innovation of Google, Amazon, and Apple, IoT devices are available in online stores such as eBay, Best Buy, and John Lewis.

Today Machine Learning and Artificial have surpassed the traditional barriers, and are empowering sophisticated technology such as connected cars, smart homes, and wearable gadgets. While the technology is making a distinct existence, it still lacks proper security and privacy protection. End users, manufacturers, and storage providers are still away from the limelight of data theft and manipulation.

IoT for Healthcare

The Internet of Things provides massive opportunities to the healthcare sector. IoT constantly offers new tools and technology to ensure that patients receive the best possible healthcare services. While there are many benefits of IoT in the healthcare industry, it is still overshadowed by the grim of security threats. The patient data stored in the cloud is extremely valuable to the hackers, they use it to make fake ID and buy drugs and medical equipment illegally. Besides that, hackers even make fraud insurance claims under the patient’s name. Despite the threats, hospitals are bombarding their departments with IoT devices and undermining the security protocols.

In every hospital, there are two kinds of IoT devices, ones purchased for hospital’s patient care and others for workplace convenience. All these devices are connected to the hospital’s WiFi network, which is often considered as the Holy Grail for hackers. Cyber criminals can easily gain access to such devices and alter the entire working algorithm, which can be life threatening. Here are some facts that every health service providers should consider.

  • Categorize the potential cyber threats on existing device, and find the right solutions to tackle them.
  • Establish risk management framework, and keep the devices highly secured all the time.
  • Use a local network instead of Wi-Fi which will only be accessible to authorized personnel.
  • The gaps between smart devices and systems should be closed to prevent hackers from entering the system.
  • Select the devices with the highest level of security standards.

The insecurity of IoT devices poses a direct threat to patient’s life. Hence, health service providers must seriously consider the security measures before installing any IoT devices inside the organization.