Approximately 100 million wearable remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices will ship over the next 5 years. According to ABI Research, the RPM market has been boosted by increased interest and awareness about the benefits of supporting healthcare away from the hospital and into patients’ homes.
As principal ABI analyst Jonathan Collins points out, RPMs offers the promise of greater care and flexibility for patients, while bringing efficiency and cost savings to health service providers.
“Data has traditionally resided in silos belonging to specific applications delivered primarily by device vendors themselves,” he explained. “[However], new cloud platforms capable of collecting data from a range of vendor devices and sharing it securely with a range of related parties including patients, healthcare providers and payers will drive adoption and bring more connected devices to market.”
As we’ve previously discussed on Rambus Press, the current design approach to IoT devices such as wearables (whether medical or otherwise) is undergoing a paradigm shift, with security being treated as a first design goal, rather than a tertiary priority.
“Hardware-based solutions offer a solid foundation upon which secure software and services can be carefully designed and built,” said Rambus Fellow and futurist Rich Page. “These solutions will ultimately lead to new business models and monetization paths, effectively accelerating the development of a more secure IoT.”
Craig Rawlings, Sr. Director of Business Development at Rambus’ Cryptography Research division, concurs with Page’s assessment.
“With enough money and time, any device may be compromised. The goal of a security architecture is to make the effort to break a device so difficult as to become economically risky and undesirable. Attackers will always seek low hanging fruit [and] systems without good hardware security provide ample low hanging fruit,” Rawlings told Electronic Design during a recent interview.
“There will be continuing improvements with the integration of hardware roots of trust with embedded security software to create very efficient security engines that will drive innovation in secure connected device services when married with robust and secure back-end infrastructure. These services will support an ever- increasing demand for security in all sorts of applications as the Internet of Things continues to gain momentum.”