Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are next to the generation innovation for the benefits of human being. Expanding its domain in various industries including the healthcare sector to improve the diagnostics procedure and post medical services.
The industry is adapting the technology in a very frequent manner. With more exposure to data from the patient, clinical trials, hospital and clinics, there is always a question of security and data leakage. India has seen IoT adoption in education, governance and financial services. Much riskier is seen in the medical devices sector.
Many other factors also double the risk of the implant and other diagnoses to patients and hospitals like outdated OS, poor network security,
“India has an acute shortage of doctors which impacts both the quality and reach of healthcare services in rural and urban centres,” John Samuel, Managing Director (health and public service) at Accenture, told IANS.
“A digital platform powered by advanced digital technologies can enable continuous remote patient monitoring and reporting, allowing hospitals to extend care to more people, and reduce the burden on healthcare infrastructure,” Samuel added.
It is emerging as the next big thing to become a $300 billion global industry by 2020 and India is all set to capture at least 20 per cent market share in the next five years, says a Nasscom report.
Recent WannaCry ransomware attack in 2016, which affected over 300,000 machines across 150,000 countries, including the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
“Despite suffering from ransomware attacks, organisations remain unprepared for the next round of large-scale attacks,” Yariv Fishman, Head of Product Management (Cloud Security and IoT) at Check Point Software Technologies, told to IANS.
To ensure security, medical device designers (particularly those with IoT components) should have a 360-degree view of the various parts of the network, said Fishman to IANS.