By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee, Healthcare Info Security

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is considering new cybersecurity requirements for hospitals participating in Medicare after a watchdog agency recommended CMS should require the facilities to address the cybersecurity of their networked medical devices.

Leap Forward

Commenting on the new requirement considerations, a LBMC Information Security representative says: “Requiring that hospitals address the cybersecurity of connected medical devices as part of their Medicare-accreditation review would be an outstanding step forward. HHS OIG has been instrumental in the past maintaining forward momentum addressing industry cybersecurity concerns. I am very hopeful that these recommendations will be that same catalyst on medical device security concerns. If CMS implements these recommendations with reasonable requirements, allows for flexibility in achieving the goal of securing these devices, then I think these recommendations will have a broader impact than just on Medicare accredited organizations.”

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