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HIT execs affirm medical devices grow as security risks

Malware’s and ransomware’s reach is extending to medical devices, according to a survey of top healthcare IT executives.

A survey by KLAS Research in collaboration with the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) found that 18 percent of provider organizations had medical devices affected by malware or ransomware in the last 18 months.

The survey underscores increasing industry concern about the vulnerability of connected medical devices, such as infusion pumps, as the nation grapples with concern that these devices can be hijacked by hackers to jeopardize patient safety or potentially provide access to provider networks.

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