Message To US Congress: Know What Cybersecurity Tools You Have, Share What You Know, Untie Our Hands
Responding to US lawmakers on how to tackle cybersecurity threats to medical devices and the health-care system, device firms, hospitals, provider groups and other stakeholders listed recommendations on creating inventories, sharing information and amending laws.
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Hospitals and clinicians are pushing back against any assertion that they share equal responsibility with product manufacturers for cybersecurity of legacy connected medical devices. Manufacturers should be required to bear more responsibility, health-care provider groups told US House lawmakers. Device-makers, however, argue it is unreasonable to expect them to support security on their products indefinitely.
Two giants of their own industries are bringing together their distinct specialties to offer cybersecurity management for health-care providers. With IBM's tech know-how and Aramark's hospital technology maintenance experience, the companies say they're a formidable force against cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
The US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched a request seeking information from the public on how to reduce burdens of the physician self-referral “Stark Law,” which is intended to prevent physicians from enriching themselves with referrals, but has challenged health-care organizations, particularly those participating in accountable care organizations (ACOs), for several years.