Timeline: Medical Device Security
Cybersecurity is a concern in many industries, but several high-profile hacking and malware incidents have the medical device industry on high alert.
Scroll through the timeline below to track this issue over time.
The Food and Drug Administration recently announced it's also turning its focus to medical devices, and plans to ramp up review of software vulnerabilities.
The recent attention to medical device cybersecurity is certainly warranted. Not only are wireless and Bluetooth enabled medical devices flooding the market, there's a proliferation of applications for managing those devices. The mobile health app market will nearly quadruple to $400 million by the year 2016, up from $120 million in 2010, estimates ABI Research.
Doctors are also increasingly comfortable with new technology. Physician tablet adoption for professional purposes has reached 62 percent, nearly double the percentage from 2011, according to Manhattan Research. As healthcare practitioners become more tech savvy the threat landscape could broaden.
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