Medical Devices

By Jessica Davis 01:20 pm January 10, 2017
After suing the two companies who claimed St. Jude’s cardiac devices had severe vulnerabilities that put patients at risk, the organization released security patches for the devices this week.
medical device security HIMSS17
By Jack McCarthy 07:30 am January 09, 2017
The pre-conference, day-long event will feature an update on fast-changing regulatory policy and practices for medical device cybersecurity.
Intermountain heart mapping arrhythmias

John Day, MD, cardiologist and Medical Director of the Intermountain Heart Rhythm Specialists in Salt Lake City

By Bernie Monegain 10:30 am January 03, 2017
Doctors at the health network used St. Jude Medical’s EnSite Precision system to map structures and electrical current of a heart to treat abnormal heartbeats.

"Today’s post-market guidance recognizes today’s reality: Cybersecurity threats are real, ever-present and continuously changing," said Suzanne B. Schwartz, MD, the FDA’s associate director for science and strategic partnerships. (Photo: FDA.gov)

By Jessica Davis 11:39 am December 28, 2016
On Dec. 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a final guidance addressing the cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices, outlining how manufacturers should maintain security of internet-connected devices such as pacemakers and insulin pumps.
Hospira Iatric EMR interoperability

Plum A+ infusion system, with Hospira's MedNet software (courtesy Hospira)

By Mike Miliard 11:58 am December 22, 2016
Hospira, the developer of infusion technologies, is partnering with Iatric Systems to work toward better interoperability between Hospira's smart infusion pumps and electronic medical records.
Connected health Eric Topol
By Jack McCarthy 01:27 pm December 20, 2016
Scripps and Walgreens joined forces to conduct the research. Scripps director Eric Topol said it enables them to better understand how mobile devices and apps can help improve behavior and outcomes. 
Hospital-acquired conditions AHRQ
By Mike Miliard 12:43 pm December 16, 2016
A new report compiled by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that a steep drop in hospital-acquired conditions has accompanied a decrease of 3 million adverse events in the past five years.
Cerner Hospira alert
By Bernie Monegain 10:06 am December 15, 2016
Cerner’s CareAware Event Management software makes it possible to route alerts from Hospira medical devices to clinicians’ mobile phones.
Kvedar Connected Health
By Tom Sullivan 11:17 am December 13, 2016
Digital health has been a reality for 20 years. Since its humble beginnings – during the days of the Sony Walkman and Palm Pilot – technology has evolved and the market is set to explode. But much work remains to be done.

Pacemakers can be hacked. But more mundane medical device risks pose greater security dangers. "The average typical person isn't going to be targeted," said Partners HealthCare's Rick Hampton. "We do look at what can be hacked, but what we're really terrible at is putting it in context of what is a real risk."

By Jessica Davis 09:50 am December 07, 2016
When it comes to medical device security, the greatest challenge is equipment is running on outdated systems. The issue then becomes how to protect the data and determine whether the equipment is safe to operate.

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