Cybersecurity and privacy

Real world challenges facing healthcare

Your data is your lifeblood. How secure is it?

In the health industries, your data is your lifeblood. As healthcare data becomes increasingly digitized and consumers demand greater access and control over their data, effective cybersecurity and privacy practices are critical.

With greater access to data and advanced technologies, healthcare payors and providers have the opportunity to leverage data and analytics as a strategic asset. Our proven track record working in healthcare can help propel transformation and achieve growth.

PwC’s Cybersecurity & Privacy practice has a long history of helping healthcare organizations and others strategically assess, design, deploy and improve cybersecurity programs. We have more than 2,900 practitioners in this area, including specialized consultants, former law enforcement agents, cyber-forensic investigators, intelligence analysts, technologists, attorneys and industry leaders in cybersecurity and privacy.

Accelerating the secure use of connected medical devices in hospitals

As connected medical devices are increasingly adopted within healthcare providers - from patient beds to syringes - so are the cyber risks associated with them. Cyberattacks against a hospital system may result in delayed patient care, loss of privacy or even more severe consequences.

Questions healthcare providers should be asking:

  • Are risks in devices identified and assessed prior to deployment?
  • Are adequate risk and liability measures present in purchasing and service contracts with medical device manufacturers?
  • Is there a process to quickly deploy urgent security patches with minimal disruption to patient care?
  • Are there processes in place to validate appropriate architecture and system configuration requirements prior to the deployment of a network connected device?
  • Are the necessary policies and processes in place for medical device management and maintenance?
  • Are medical devices decommissioned and disposed of such that all organizational information (e.g., wireless passwords) and protected health information (PHI) is removed?

How PwC can help

Our cybersecurity and privacy team know that protecting your data and adhering to privacy regulations that protect patients requires a proven methodology. Our approach includes these four components to help you propel transformation and achieve growth:

  • Cyber strategy and transformation strategies that put security first
  • Privacy and consumer protection to build trust and spark growth
  • Implementing operations to integrate, manage and improve your technologies
  • Incident and threat management to identify, respond to and remediate threats

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Mick Coady

Principal, PwC US

Joseph Greene

Principal, Cybersecurity and Privacy, PwC US

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