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2018's Biggest Health Hazard? IT Security

Published: November 27, 2017

SINISTER The threat of cyber attack tops ECRI's health-tech hazard list of 2018, posing the greatest threat to patient safety and, of course, confidentiality.

In the release of its top 10 most hazardous issues in health technology for upcoming year 2018, the ECRI Institute tops it all with a stern warning over cybersecurity.

Cyberattacks not only put patients at risk, they denigrate the credibility of the organizations who've endured them. Without proper security measures in place, valuable records can be stolen, redistributed, compromised, ransomed or destroyed altogether.

By putting them at the top of their tech-issue list of 2018, ECRI is fighting the battle with heightened awareness.

Beyond cyberattacks, endoscope reprocessing holds a steady number-2 spot on ECRI's list of hazard warnings.

Joe Madsen

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