Nvidia edge AI platform could secure robotic surgery and RPM devices against cyber threats


The news: Nvidia spear NvidiaIGX, a cutting-edge artificial intelligence computing platform of instruments and sensors that can protect robot-assisted surgery and remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices from hacking.

Here’s how it works: IGX integrates hardware and software to power medical devices.

  • IGX’s AI sensors could provide alerts on medical device security threats before they occur. For example, the FDA reported a cybersecurity risk for Medtronic insulin pumps.
  • It is based on the Nvidia IGX Orin supercomputing platform, which powers autonomous vehicles. It allows the remote supply and management of advanced medical devices.
  • IGX supports Nvidia Clara Holoscanan AI computing platform that enables healthcare systems to deploy AI-enabled medical devices in operating rooms.
  • IGX also offers safety features for industrial machinery in highly regulated factories and warehouses.

Eye safety of digital surgery startups: Several platforms have already adopted IGX.

  • Surgeons use the active surgery robotic system incorporating IGX and Clara Holoscan to reduce complications from surgery. Data-driven, AI-powered insights make this possible.
  • Digital health start-up Proximity builds a telepresence platform using IGX and Clara Holoscan.
  • surgical moon is also building a surgical robot system that incorporates Nvidia AI technology.

Here’s why it’s important: Using medical devices at the edge, such as at the bedside or in the operating room, allows access to data and analytics without latency.

RPM adds responsibility for keeping medical devices safe and secure. Adoption of RPM devices in the United States is expected to increase to 70.6 million in 2025 compared to 45.1 million in 2022, by an Insider Intelligence forecast. Surgical robots at the edge are exposed to cyberattacks that can cause catastrophic harm to patients.

  • The average cost of a healthcare data breach has increased 9.4% of $9.23 million in 2021 for $10.1 million in 2022, according IBM Security Data Breach Cost Report.
  • As more and more patients use devices such as smartwatches, biosensors and smart patches, keeping devices safe and secure will be critical.

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