Security and Network-Based Healthcare

August 12, 2009 - 3 Comments

Just read an article in Network World that seems to tie perfectly to my previous post about the intersection between telemedicine and cybersecurity. In the online article, Jeff Caruso writes about Reuters’ report earlier this week on a woman who received a wireless pacemaker that communicates with a server over the internet. As her condition changes, the server communicates with the doctor, providing updates. What are your thoughts around security and network-based healthcare?

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  1. Very true. I have personally seen the inside of a doctor’s office and nurse’s station while upgrading their PCs and I have seen first hand the need for EMR’s. I am encouraged to see a lot of hospital’s and other medical facilities’ adapt this approach that directly led to more efficient records system. I think this approach could lead to thousands of job in the IT and medical industry but security will always be the underlying problem.

  2. Your concern is valid. There is a lot to be wary of, especially if potential risks and security solutions are not thought through at the outset. On the other hand, ever been in a doctor’s office and seen all those paper-based records out in the open and within reach if the nurse or person at the front desk stepped away?If healthcare is going to be delivered over the network, we do need to recognize the threats that exist in the cyberworld. By ensuring that a strong security system is in place, you can replace fear with confidence. For instance, securing the devices, the information/data, the users’ identities, and the network. If you think about it, it’s not unlike the initial fear and eventual confidence in/adoption of online banking and ATMs.

  3. Telemedicine is a term that I am vaguely familiar with. My concern is definitely over security. When there are hackers and cyber-terror plots out there, it makes me take a step back and think whether this idea will become mainstream with good public support despite these concerns.