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Cybersecurity in Healthcare: Critical Connection to Patient Safety

Feature article by tw-Security President Tom Walsh.

In a threatening digital landscape, healthcare CIOs need to to uphold patient safety by implementing cybersecurity measures.

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Healthcare cybersecurity can feel like a life-or-death issue with regards to patient safety, which can keep CIOs awake at night.

Some hospitals have been offline for days after a cybersecurity event, which raises serious patient safety concerns. And sometimes such an interruption may have dire consequences and trigger lawsuits.

For example, an Alabama woman whose 9-month-old daughter died filed suit against the hospital where she was born, claiming the facility did not disclose that its computer systems had been crippled by a ransomware attack, which resulted in diminished care that led to the baby’s death.

Thankfully, CIOs and other senior executives are becoming far more open to implementing cybersecurity controls as a result of the heightened awareness of patient safety issues.

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