Digital Health

Technology has revolutionized health services globally, from rapid  accurate diagnostics via wearable & implantable devices to wider hospital and administration systems. This sector is one of the most regulated, but has regulation kept pace in digital health? How do vendors protect their IP and ensure patient data is kept secure?

Delivering Clinical Benefits While Protecting Patient Health and Data

There have been a number of attacks on hospital systems and healthcare platforms. Ransomware attacks, patient data breaches, and even drug and medical device trial information has been compromised. While good IT network security practice can protect from some of these outcomes, there are a number of concerns that can’t be remediated in this way. 

Mobile devices are increasingly in use in clinical and home health settings. The Covid emergency has driven a move to remote support of patients and fellow professionals. A real challenge for the CISO of any health or community support provider is whether their teams use their own mobile devices or those provided by the hospital or institution. 

If clinicians, nurses and other staff use their own phones or tablets, the risk of cross contamination of information, other applications becoming attack vectors, or API being compromised is significant. Mobile health applications have to be able to defend themselves and ensure that patient information remains secure, but also that clinical information from the devices themselves can be trusted by medical staff.

The FHIR HL7® standard for healthcare data integration has some security recommendations, but vendors across networks, APIs, mobile and embedded/IoT devices are free to implement their own standards. Despite regulation by the FDA in the US, and equivalent regulators globally, the recognition of applications, mobile, wearable and embedded systems is still in its infancy.


The forced adoption of telemedicine and other services during extended lockdowns, facilitated by relaxed rules by Medicare and other insurers, introduced a vast new user base to the virtual experience. By early April 2020, a majority of consultations were already virtual. Many providers and patients quickly discovered virtual services to be more attractive than they had imagined.


38% of patients ranked “concerns about my privacy or data security” as the number one barrier to adoption of chatbots, computers, or digital devices for their health questions and care. This concern—along with doubts about the effectiveness of these tools—ranked among the top four barriers for roughly 60% of those surveyed.


Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) represents a largely unregulated healthcare sector that is quickly growing. Many cloud services are orchestrated through semantic intelligence and are embedded in each healthcare service and also in medical device entities.


M2M Solutions Market

Global healthcare machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions market will reach $9.6 billion by 2027.

Increase in telehealth

2000% increase reported in visits from Amwell, a direct-to-consumer telemedicine app nationwide from January to March 2020.


Global self-care medical devices market will reach $21.8 billion by 2027.


Average cost of a data breach impacting a heathcare organization was $2.2 million, while breaches in business associates averaged over $1 million.

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