NIST, MITRE Offer Cybersecurity Tips for Telehealth Deployments

As telehealth and remote patient monitoring gain favor across healthcare, there's a critical component that providers should keep top-of-mind: cybersecurity.

At HIMSS20, Jennifer Cawthra, healthcare sector lead at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Sue Wang, principal cybersecurity engineer at The MITRE Corporation, will offer their perspective on cyber risks associated with telehealth remote patient monitoring – and strategies to safeguard against them.

Their talk finds its roots in a project from NIST and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, Securing Telehealth Remote Patient Monitoring Ecosystem.

"Traditionally, patient monitoring systems have been deployed in healthcare facilities, in controlled environments," NIST officials explain. "Remote patient monitoring, however, is different in that monitoring equipment is deployed in the patient’s home."

As the use of third-party platforms with videoconferencing capabilities, alongside cloud and RPM devices, continues to spread, "it is important to ensure the infrastructure supporting them can maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of patient data, as well as ensure the safety of patients."

Cawthra and Wang will describe the end-to-end architecture that comprises the telehealth ecosystem, showing the different points where security vulnerabilities exist. They'll also detail various controls that can be implemented to help safeguard patients’ privacy as they're cared for in the home.

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