This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry.
Andrew Northup, Director, Global Affairs, MITA
DITTA, the global voice for the diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy, healthcare information communication technology, electromedical, and radiopharmaceutical industry, reemphasized its commitment to cybersecurity in the recently published report, “Cybersecurity of Medical Imaging Equipment.” In it, DITTA builds on the cybersecurity white paper MITA’s MII Section published in November 2015 and will raise awareness and highlight the increasing importance cybersecurity holds for our industry.
This publication comes at a time when breaches in security may have compromised patient safety and confidentiality of patient data.
According to DITTA Chair Satoshi Kimura, “The medical imaging equipment industry takes its responsibilities in cybersecurity very seriously. The insights delivered by big data analysis are placing us at the threshold of major advances in care. If we are to realize this opportunity, then stakeholders must be convinced that their personal data is being handled safely and securely.”
He stressed that DITTA would act as a resource for cybersecurity standards and regulations in the sector, in collaboration with IT professionals and regulators and professional organizations that represent medical imaging.
The DITTA white paper sets out the principles of current best practices for manufacturers and suppliers. It stresses that responsibility for cybersecurity cannot lie with a single stakeholder. Manufacturers and hospital IT departments need to work hand-in-hand to implement these approaches.
This paper also points to security risks from increased connectivity. Medical imaging equipment, in line with all computer systems, is increasingly networked through hospital intranet and the internet. This poses its own security risks in the form of network intrusions.
The report strongly recommends establishing clearly defined processes for effective cyber prevention and training all relevant staff to implement and maintain them effectively.
The paper is available for download at globalditta.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/DITTA-Cybersecurity-paper-29-Nov.-2016-final-clean.pdf.