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Ownership of healthcare data in the Internet of Things era, Part 3

Robin Singh ( is Regulatory Compliance and Fraud Control Lead at an Abu Dhabi healthcare government entity in the United Arab Emirates.

This is the final part a three-part series which focuses on how the world of IOT works, its variabilities, and privacy concerns when it comes to a healthcare system. Part 1 was published in the June 2019 issue and Part 2 was published in the July issue of Compliance Today.

A total of 503 healthcare data breaches were reported in 2018, up from 477 in 2017, affecting more than 15 million patients. About 28% of these breaches were caused by insiders in some form or other, and about 44% were due to hacking, as reported by Protenus 2019 Breach Barometer report.[1] In the 2016 Protenus report, 27% of breaches were due to ransomware attacks. Again, this is just the beginning. It is estimated that nearly 20–30 billion devices in the healthcare Internet of Things (IOT) or Internet of Medical Things (IOMT) will be part of this growing ecosystem. For a high-level representation of security issues, see Figure 1.

Figure 1: Security issues with IoT devices
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