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Volume: 5 Issue: 8
(August 2018)

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security design ‘internet medical things us internet things (‘iot perceived new wave technological development ability revolutionise consumer experiences

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Security by design for the ‘Internet of Medical Things’ in the US

The Internet of Things (‘IoT’) is perceived as a new wave of technological development, with the ability to revolutionise consumer experiences and interactions. In the healthcare industry alone, IoT is expected to have an impact ranging from $1.1 trillion to $2.5 trillion per year by 2025, primarily from improved efficiency in treatment for chronic illness through remote monitoring and sensors1. The use of IoT devices in healthcare, however, raises important questions of patient safety and device security. As medical devices become increasingly connected, the endpoints from which an attack or data breach can occur multiply, and new technologies are being implemented faster than security systems can be updated. It is this tension between rapid technological advancement on the one hand, and data security and patient safety on the other, that has led to the development of a new trend: security by design. Bethany Corbin, Attorney at Wiley Rein LLP, details the necessity of security by design in connected medical devices with a focus on the ‘Internet of Medical Things’ (‘IoMT’), how the US has progressed in regulating IoMT devices so far, and posits that security by design is essential not only to protect patients from physical harm, but also to reduce manufacturers’ liability for insecure devices.

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