Here in the States or overseas, people rely and trust their healthcare providers. Regardless of social status, healthcare is a unique sector that touches everyone. With the continuous growth of Data Analytics, patient data must be kept secure and safe. With that, there are many reasons why patient safety must evolve with cybersecurity. In recent times, ransomware attacks affected Health Service Providers across one leading European country; England. The National Health Service organizations were infected with WannaCry, which limited its NHS access to patient records and other electronic systems. Although NHS did not report data breach or harm to any patient records, the care it provided was impacted and in many cases patients were diverted to other departments.
Many experts believe that hacking into a device to cause or exploit patient harm is very difficult (AsianScientist.com). These same experts do admit the devices or the system by which they are managed, can be and in some cases are vulnerable to exploitation. Hacking such devices may not require an expert hacker, some are exercises by a low level skill set. Industry analysts have recently reported that hackers exploiting remote access to systems to disrupt healthcare operations is the number one health technology hazard (ECRI Institute Haz_19: ECRI.org), bearing in mind that operational technology and information technology are traditionally separate departments. It is important that hospitals and healthcare providers educate their personnel of the possibility of theses threats. Operation and Information Technology department need to be in sync and work together to share the same threat awareness strategies.