A HealthIT Cybersecurity Toolkit

A recent report from the Mass Digital Health Council includes a cybersecurity toolkit created by MDHC’s Cybersecurity Group of Experts (CGE). The toolkit will enable faster clinical adoption of new digital health products, software and solutions by enhancing access to security needs and requirements and will address:

  • Cybersecurity needs for digital health companies
  • Medical device and software solutions
  • Best practices
  • Available state and national resources and tools

This toolkit should enable healthcare organizations to share experiences and guidance with each other, helping to increase cyber resiliency and foster collaboration between providers and entrepreneurs in addressing cybersecurity challenges. In addition to serving as a resource guide, the toolkit will also contain a Massachusetts common security checklist, created by MassChallenge HealthTech in collaboration with the CGE and with funding support from MeHI. This checklist provides a standard set of questions asked by a hospital prior to deployment of a new device or software in a clinical setting. The checklist is designed to provide startups an upfront guide to the key security and standardization requirements they will need to meet for any hospital engagement.

Version 1.0 of the toolkit was launched virtually at www.massdigitalhealth.org in July 2019. In the coming months, the toolkit will be upgraded to include additional content and video components.

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