Clinical asset management firm Trimedx is collaborating with Indiana University Health (IU Health) to develop a cybersecurity lab for medical devices.

The lab will be developed to assess medical device security and reduce threats from device security as part of the product development process.

The combination of Trimedx technology and IU Health’s Medical Device Security Lab brings new opportunities for the cybersecurity industry and healthcare specialists.

Over time, Trimedx aims to extend its research to other health systems.

The new cybersecurity lab will conduct enterprise security testing on medical devices in an environment that poses no risk to patients.

IU Health information security executive director Nick Sturgeon said: “The increase in threats and vulnerabilities is exactly why this collaboration is so important.

“The collaboration will allow us to be at the forefront of innovation and to continue to protect the health and security of patients.”

Trimedx stated that the new lab will improve its approach to medical device cybersecurity and innovation.

Its objectives include testing new devices before implementation in hospitals, as well as testing configurations and security setups.

This allows the services that require being turned on and network ports that need to be available to be discovered.

Additionally, the lab will actively scan equipment specific to security testing.

TRIMEDX chief technology officer and cybersecurity president Doug Folsom said: “We expect that this Medical Device Security Lab will pave the way in creating a space for devices to be tested before usage and begin to flag common security issues prior to the implementation of the devices in a healthcare setting.

“The intent is to see an overall decrease in device security threats and eventually make this research open and available to many more organisations.”