ePatient 2020 - Cybersecurity & the Future of Remote Patient Monitoring

May 12, 2020


David Snyder, MBA, PE, CISSP, CSM @ 42TEK


Several trends are driving increased interest and adoption for network-connected medical devices outside the clinical environment to diagnose, monitor, and treat patients. These include

  • an aging population living longer, often with multiple chronic illnesses
  • looming shortages of doctors and nurses
  • incentives to reduce hospital readmissions
  • expansion of CPT billing codes for telehealth

88% of health systems and hospitals surveyed have invested or plan to invest in remote patient monitoring solutions to support their organizational transitions to value-based care. (Spyglass Consulting Group)

The FDA, hospitals, researchers, and device manufacturers have been working hard to define best practices for cybersecurity for network-connected medical devices in hospitals. Home health organizations, durable medical equipment providers, and the cloud-based platforms used to move patient data from the home to the healthcare delivery organization need to be involved, too. Additionally, patients need help understanding how to make sure their devices are secure.

Stakeholders involved with Remote Patient Monitoring systems have to figure out how to coordinate with each other to ensure cybersecurity. This talk will address

  • why Remote Patient Monitoring is growing
  • how RPM devices connect – a system of systems
  • vulnerabilities, threats, and exploits
  • risk assessment
  • best practices
  • team effort among stakeholders

Learning Objectives 

  • why RPM devices are important
  • how RPM device data moves
  • what security problems can occur with RPM devices
  • how to minimize risk

Speaker Bio

David Snyder figures out how to get things to work for information-intensive industries (like health care, electronic payments, and clean technology), resulting in new product launches, global expansion, and process improvement. He has worked as a staff member and as a consultant for both large and small organizations in the above industries. He has an MBA and is a California-registered engineer (PE) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Through 42TEK, Mr. Snyder makes his services available in diverse industries, always with an eye toward bringing together business and technical perspectives to provide solutions.