The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is soliciting input from the healthcare sector in order to develop solutions for a secure picture archiving and communication system (PACS).
A PACS is a Class II device that provides capabilities relating to the acceptance, transfer, display, storage, and digital processing of medical images. It may include hardware components such as workstations, digitizers, communications devices, computers, video monitors, and magnetic, optical disk, and hardcopy devices. Its software components may have functions related to image manipulation, enhancement, compression, or quantification. PACSs:
- Are found in most hospitals
- Work across multiple clinical disciplines
- Operate as a pivot point for integrated healthcare information systems
- Are targeted for cyber attacks
Given the ubiquity of PACSs across hospitals, the healthcare sector recognized that securing them was critical.
NIST’s invitation is the first step in collaborating with organizations to address cybersecurity challenges in the healthcare sector.
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