Information technology and medical technology personnel’s perception regarding segmentation of medical devices: A focus group study

Cybersecurity is an increasingly relevant and critical topic for most industries, including the healthcare industry. In hospitals and other clinical settings, patient monitoring systems, medical imaging systems, and laboratory instruments are increasingly networked to get the most out of data management and operational efficiency. However, these devices are at risk of cyber attack, with potentially significant consequences. Johansson et al. acknowledge this problem and attempt to address the perceptions of information and medical technology experts on the topic of securing in-house medical devices through the practice of network segmentation. The authors present their discussion results with 18 stakeholders from the Swedish Region Skåne, and they conclude that the stakeholders “were positively receptive to the increase in cybersecurity provided by network segmentation but concerned about the increase in the administration that it will entail for medical devices.” They note that these and other opinions stated in the research are vital for health networks to take into account when considering improving their cybersecurity.

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