The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General will conduct an audit looking at whether the security of networked medical devices at U.S. hospitals is sufficient to effectively safeguard electronic protected health information (ePHI) and ensure patient safety.

Medical devices such as dialysis machines, radiology systems and medication dispensing systems that are “integrated with electronic health records and the larger health network, pose a growing threat to the security and privacy of personal health information,” states OIG’s fiscal 2016 work plan, which summarizes new and ongoing reviews that the agency plans to pursue with respect to HHS programs and operations.

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