For Immediate Release
December 5, 2017
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Amber Logan, alogan@aami.org 703-253-8262

AAMI Publication Mobilizes Healthcare Technology’s ‘Cyber Defenders’



Horizons: Cyber VigilanceAAMI has released the fall 2017 issue of its award-winning, peer-reviewed publication, Horizons, which focuses on cybersecurity. As healthcare technology grows more interconnected, it becomes an even more tantalizing target for cyber criminals. The latest issue of Horizons provides tools and best practices for healthcare technology’s “cyber defenders,” healthcare technology management (HTM) and information technology (IT) professionals, to help them better protect sensitive data and ensure that the technology works as intended—for the benefit of patients.

“With healthcare technology and healthcare delivery getting caught up in several global cyberattacks this year—especially the WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks—cybersecurity was an important and timely topic for this issue,” said Amber Logan, director of communications at AAMI. “Our latest edition of Horizons serves as a rallying point for the defense of healthcare technology by providing HTM and IT professionals with useful tools and strategies to push back against would-be intruders.”

This issue of Horizons explores several approaches to keeping healthcare technology safe and secure in a connected world, including:

  • Using standards to bolster the security of medical devices for manufactures and healthcare delivery organizations.
  • Defining the role of HTM in facilitating medical device cybersecurity in healthcare settings.
  • Designing medical devices that are robust enough to stand up to enterprise security scanning.
  • Using software hardening to protect infusion pump software from cyberattacks.
  • Demonstrating the value of manufacturer transparency through medical device cybersecurity vulnerability disclosures.
  • Outlining methods to mitigate the risk and effects of cyberattacks on medical devices.

Supporting organizations for the fall 2017 issue of Horizons include the American College of Clinical Engineering; the Healthcare Technology Foundation; HIMSS North America; the Medical Device Innovation, Safety and Security Consortium; and The MITRE Corporation.

To access this issue, visit www.aami.org/horizons_cybersecurity.


AAMI (www.aami.org) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1967. It is a diverse community of approximately 7,000 healthcare technology professionals united by one important mission—supporting the healthcare community in the development, management, and use of safe and effective healthcare technology.