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Note from the editor

Health systems and medical device manufacturers have become more engaged participants in cybersecurity out of necessity.

Ransomware attacks and data breaches have emerged as common realities with devastating, expensive consequences. Historically, hospitals' vulnerabilities have largely only gotten patched once they've been exposed by bad actors.

Individual medical devices — anything from a hospital bed to a pacemaker or an insulin pump — can also be vulnerable to tampering, with the potential to cause life-threatening scenarios for users. A health system's unique mix of newer devices and legacy technologies can further complicate challenges.

The meaning of being "proactive" will continue to change as tech-based threats evolve and the private sector improves safety and information sharing practices. We hope this ongoing look at how the medtech industry, Congress, HHS and independent experts are shaping cybersecurity will serve as a useful snapshot of where device safety is headed in the age of digital connectivity.

Maria Rachal
Associate Editor, MedTech Dive
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