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The Patch Act: Now what?

May 8, 2023


Thanks to an inclusion in the omnibus spending package passed by Congress in December, the FDA has new authority to establish medical device security requirements for manufacturers. The Protecting and Transforming Cyber Healthcare (Patch) Act has been praised by healthcare organizations.

The ability of cyber-attackers to access a healthcare provider’s network environment through security gaps or vulnerabilities is increasing. And regrettably, Internet of Medical Things (IoMTs) and other devices may be severely affected when bad actors can travel laterally through a network – and have a a direct negative impact on patient care and safety.

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