Each healthcare organization manages an average of 10,000 medical devices, which makes it challenging for hospitals to stay ahead of cybersecurity threats. Hospitals must constantly be on top of a changing security landscape, as well as keep track of all devices connected to the network and update any outdated devices or software.

Achieving medical device security requires a healthcare organization to have full visibility into how many devices are on its network, regularly patch and replace out-of-date devices, and stay ahead of the latest technical vulnerabilities in order to patch devices before they cause patient harm.

The problem is that for most healthcare organizations, there are significant barriers to successfully taking those measures as visibility remains a struggle and new vulnerabilities and patches are being discovered regularly.

“Healthcare is unique in the fact that we have a wide variety of devices that connect to our networks,” Samuel Hill, director of product at Medigate and former ER patient care technician, told HealthITSecurity.

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