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Cybersecurity Best Practices for Practitioners Using Telemedicine

As evidenced by recent changes within the healthcare system, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has changed the standard practice of medicine, shifting the model of care into the digital space and encouraging telehealth solutions whenever possible. Although this has allowed for greater flexibility and the ability for many medical practices to continue conducting business, the resulting rapid expansion of telehealth services carries its own set of risks concerning data privacy and online patient safety. The outbreak has led to a drastic increase in cybersecurity threats, with many rapidly emerging telemedicine solutions entering the market without adequate prior testing and safety records.

New workflows and technologies are being introduced to meet rapidly rising patients demands in a short period of time, requiring information technology professionals to develop rapid-response risk-analysis capabilities, Dan Costantino, Chief Information Security Officer at Penn Medicine told Healthcare IT News in an interview. Security and privacy concerns have surrounded digital medical services since their introduction, however, they are heightened now as more patients readily exchange privacy for the immediacy of care and when an increasing number of telemedical platforms are forced to enter the market as soon as possible.

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Cybersecurity Concerns with Medtronic Insulin Pumps

Insulin pump therapy, or continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), has been used in the treatment of diabetes for decades. Devices have evolved with technological advancements; some insulin pumps now feature Bluetooth connectivity and complementary smartphone applications while the use of AI technology is slowly being integrated. Modern insulin pumps are both more patient and physician-friendly as they allow for precise insulin control in diabetic patients.  As a result, the number of pump users has increased manifold now totaling an estimated 350,000 patients within the United States. 

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