Medical devices, connectivity and avoiding innovation deadlock

18 June, 2019

Paulo Pinheiro, head of electronics, software and systems at Sagentia writes about the complex relationship between opportunity and risk in the connected world for medical device manufacturers. 

WannaCry, the global ransomware attack that hit the headlines in 2017, highlighted potential vulnerabilities of the healthcare sector in the digital age. In the UK, the NHS experienced major disruption, despite not being a specific target. Two years on, cyberthreat remains a constant companion of any sector or organisation using connected systems. Vigilance and preparedness are key to counter the risk.

How does this impact the development and approval of new, connected medical devices? The benefits of connectivity are immense, enabling patients to receive more personalised care. But such devices face stringent approval requirements, which go beyond patient safety and into the realms of cybersecurity. Software architects for medical devices are caught between two extremes. Connectivity and big data unlock exciting opportunities. But cyber-risks raise unprecedented barriers. How can they reconcile these factors to avoid innovation deadlock?

Click here to read the full article on Med-tech Innovation News.



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