The use of Internet of Things (IoT) in healthcare poses cybersecurity concerns such as insufficient device security controls and increased attack surface.
Often referred to as Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), IoT in healthcare refers to the use of IoT technology in the delivery of patient care. This includes the use of connected devices, sensors, and systems to collect and transmit data for various purposes, such as monitoring patients’ health, improving medical treatments, and streamlining healthcare processes.
Examples of applications of IoT in the healthcare industry include wearable devices (such as heart rate sensors), connected medical equipment (such as smart infusion pumps), and patient communication and engagement (tablet devices). IoT devices — along with operational technology (OT), such as HVAC and other building management systems — contribute to the expanding attack surface in healthcare
Here are some of the cybersecurity challenges in using IoT in healthcare:
Read our IoMT playbook for an in-depth look at the challenges of IoT healthcare cybersecurity.