Cybersecurity for Telemedicine Platforms
In this pilot we set out to tackle the case in which hospitals monitor their patients constantly via telemedicine and telemonitoring platforms to answer specific medical needs.
Over the last years the usage of telemedicine platforms has become increasingly popular and is used in several scenarios, from the mere assistance of patients living far from hospital structures to the constant monitoring of chronic patients to reduce the risk of relapses and complications. The large diffusion of these platforms is due to the many advantages that they bring: early detection of aggravations in chronic pathologies, better adherence to care plans, increased patients’ quality of life, equal treatment for patients living in the most remote rural areas, costs reduction for hospitals.
Telemedicine platforms owe their ability of monitoring patients remotely to CMDs, which can collect health-related parameters from patients. On the one hand, full-fledged monitors, medical devices and in-vitro devices are used to observe machine dependent patients that are in critical and/or chronic conditions such as patients with heart conditions, possible heart failure, impending kidney failure and thus have the strict need of being constantly monitored. This is, in particular, critical for patients with devices or after organ implantation (heart, kidney). On the other hand, for other less critical scenarios, simpler devices can be employed to monitor some health-related parameters (e.g., EKG, blood pressure, heart rate, breath rate, body temperature, glycemia) without the discomfort of being in a hospital or wearing bulky devices.
CYLCOMED Solution: Heterogeneity of healthcare organisational models and healthcare providers’ CMD platforms make it necessary to produce a set of organisational and technical recommendations for health care entities in order to drive the adoption of new technological advances by hospitals and ensure the right levels of security and privacy protection.