Information security specialists are voicing concerns over the rapidly advancing field of medical technology known as the “Internet of Bodies,” a playful take on the Internet of Things (IoT). As we have learned over the last few years, the IoT is the network of smart devices that connect to the internet for various purposes; one example would be a security system installed at a High Desert dental clinic that transmits smartphone notifications every time a motion detector sensor is activated.
The Connection of Medical Devices to the Internet
The Internet of Bodies (IoB) refers to the collection of IoT devices that are connected to patients, mostly for remote monitoring. In other words, the IoB is the new term given to the advanced state of medical telemetry or telemedicine. In the past, the output of a device monitoring the vital signs of a patient would be faxed to a physician who was not at the bedside; these days, doctors can use a mobile app to connect to the device and get a real-time feed of the vital signs. The problem is that the Wi-Fi and wireless broadband connections between IoB devices and apps could be breached or intercepted by malicious hackers who may even want to manipulate or otherwise compromise medical devices.
Protecting Health Service Networks from Malicious Attacks
Health and dental practices in the High Desert face more cyber threats than other businesses because of patient records. Cybercrime groups that deal in identity theft know that clinics are goldmines for their wicked trade. Even with the implementation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), data breaches at clinics and hospitals are taking place at an alarming rate.
The information security stakes are higher these days for healthcare businesses across the High Desert. The sensible option is to install networks in safe data centers that comply with HIPAA requirements. For more information about secure data centers and managed IT services, contact Sonic Systems in Victorville.