NEMA Publishes NEMA/MITA CSP 1-2015 Cybersecurity for Medical Imaging


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ROSSLYN, Va., November 5, 2015—The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), published NEMA/MITA CSP 1-2015 Cybersecurity for Medical Imaging. This new white paper addresses how cyber threats pose a significant risk to patient safety, clinical and business continuity in the practice of medical imaging, and why a combination of people, processes, and technologies is required to mitigate these risks.

This paper was developed for the medical imaging industry by the MITA Cybersecurity Taskforce, Medical Imaging Informatics (MII) Section.

Raymond Geis, the IT Commission Vice Chair for the American College of Radiology, stressed the importance of cybersecurity in the medical field. “We need to work together to develop and understand promising new technologies, solutions, and approaches. Not only are users, enterprise IT departments, and manufacturers struggling to keep up with the current milieu, this will become even more challenging with the Internet of Things and demands for more interoperability and data exchange among disparate medical enterprises.”

Rik Primo, Chair of MII, said, “Well-structured and governed collaboration in this complex ecosystem of people, processes, and technology is required to safeguard the patients’ protected health information and their physical safety.”

NEMA/MITA CSP 1-2015 may be downloaded at no cost on the NEMA website.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 400 electrical, medical imaging, and radiation therapy manufacturers. Our combined industries account for more than 400,000 American jobs and more than 7,000 facilities across the U.S. Domestic production exceeds $117 billion per year. Our industry is at the forefront on electrical safety, reliability, resilience, efficiency, and energy security.

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of NEMA, is the collective voice of medical imaging equipment, radiation therapy and radiopharmaceutical manufacturers, innovators and product developers. It represents companies whose sales comprise more than 90 percent of the global market for medical imaging technology. For more information, Follow MITA on Twitter @MITAToday.