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Utilizing Blockchain
for Better Healthcare
IoT Security
T
he healthcare industry has embraced the Internet
of Things (IoT), and for good reason. These
networks of interconnected devices enable remote
patient monitoring, seamless electronic health record
(EHR) transfers and faster hospital resource
management. Despite these benefits, the IoT also presents
new risks.
As more organizations adopt the Internet of Medical Things
(IoMT), their cybersecurity strategies must adapt. IoT risks are
significant, but other new technologies - namely, blockchain
- offer security solutions.
Why Healthcare Needs Better IoT Security
Healthcare businesses that want to experience the IoT's
benefits to the fullest must protect it. That starts with recognizing
why this technology's security, or lack thereof, impacts
the industry.
IoT Endpoints Are Growing. The growth of IoMT systems
alone warrants further attention. Experts predict over 70 million
people in the United States will use remote patient monitoring
systems by 2025, and that's just one branch of the IoMT.1
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's become
clear that hospital management must improve. The adoption
of telehealth services skyrocketed around the same time. These
factors have led to a proliferation of IoT devices in the industry,
a trend that will only increase as the benefits become more
well-known throughout the sector.
Such a significant rise should be cause for concern with any
technology. This surge means hospitals now have far more endpoints
to secure. In many cases, IoT adoption is also outpacing
security growth, leaving organizations increasingly vulnerable
to attack. The IoT's interconnected nature also means these
rapidly expanding networks give hackers more potential entry
points to access sensitive data.
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