Cybersecurity is the top health technology hazard for 2019, according to the ECRI Institute. The report highlights concerns about software vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to gain unauthorized remote access to hospitals’ IT systems and disrupt operations, hindering patient care and putting safety at risk. The increase in cyber attacks on healthcare, along with the prevalence of legacy software and vulnerable medical devices, poses a critical patient safety issue. The list aims to help health system decision-makers prioritize efforts to protect patient safety.
The growing integration of digital systems into critical infrastructure opens up new vulnerabilities to cyber threats. High interconnectivity between various national infrastructure systems (transport, healthcare,