For some health systems and physicians, the quality of patient care is the top priority, while cybersecurity is near the bottom of that list. However, the cybersecurity of devices and systems that support health care delivery is closely tied to patient safety. For example, cardiac rhythmic devices might transfer protected health information (PHI) through a smartphone, or a physician might transmit potentially lifesaving prescriptions to a pharmacy via the internet. If devices do not have protections in place to prevent cyberthreats, the health and safety of the patient could be at risk.
We will never get the full benefit of digital medicine and dentistry until the security issues have been resolved.