As tech becomes more advanced, there are bound to be potential risks and dangers.
That’s why ECRI Institute has revealed the top 10 healthcare technology hazards for 2018.
To create the annual list, ECRI’s staff of experts suggest topics for consideration. The panel then weighs them by looking at the severity, insidiousness and frequency of each hazard. All items on the list must be able to be at least somewhat preventable.
Topping the list this year is ransomware and other cybersecurity threats.
“In a healthcare environment, a malware attack can significantly impact care and delivery by rendering health IT systems unusable, by preventing access to patient data records, and by affecting the functionality of networked medical devices,” the ECRI report notes.
Cybersecurity issues can upset the supply chain, cause canceled procedures, expose private information and put patients’ safety at risk.
And despite continued efforts, the topic continues to be problematic. A recent analysis from Protenus and DataBreaches.net found there were 33 healthcare breach incidents in August alone.
The other nine hazards on the list include:
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Frank’s source: https://medcitynews.com/2017/11/ecri-hazards-2018/
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