Digitally Networked Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hacking

Hospital networks and data on digital networked medical devices are at risk, according to Dale Nordenberg, M.D., founder of the Medical Device Innovation, Safety and Security Consortium.

A lack of operational effectiveness can threaten the integrity of data or programs used by hospitals, HealthData Management reports. As devices become more advanced and linked to networks, hospitals have to assume there will be malicious attacks that could affect devices.

It will also become more common for devices to have two data processing cores, according to Michael Taborn, platform solutions architect at Intel Corp. With the multi-core approach, one core will operate as a firewall while the other handles data. However, each core will be able to handle the other task if necessary, protecting the health of patients.

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