There were also expressions of caution concerning the Task Group endeavors. IAMERS president Diana Upton offered, “we are hearing increased reports that when cyber patches and upgrades are being applied, some are not able to continue maintenance, as the software permits only the original manufacturer thereafter to undertake service. Given the frequency of patches, the system interdependencies and the number of modalities to be supported, we hope cybersecurity support solutions could be safely developed which still give hospitals cost-effective choices.”
The Task Group members include an array of representatives from industry manufacturers, HDOs, trade associations and other stakeholders. We await their recommendations for greater cybersecurity for legacy devices.
About the author: Robert Kerwin is general counsel for IAMERS, the International Association of Medical Equipment Remarketers and Servicers, and a member of the HSCC Legacy Medical Device Task Group.
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