Hacking of Implanted Medical Devices a Security Risk?

Hacking of Implanted Medical Devices a Security Risk?

Implanted medical devices (IMDs) such as insulin pumps and pacemakers are becoming an everyday part of life for many Americans. Helping to regulate diseases such as diabetes and cardiac arrhythmias, IMDs can make these conditions significantly more manageable. In addition, many such devices are equipped with wireless capabilities that allow healthcare providers to monitor patient status from afar. However, the wireless capability of many IMDs has recently come into question as a matter of personal security. Earlier this year, a guest at the Black Hat hacking conference spoke about the vulnerability of wireless medical devices to external hacking. Another presentation at the same conference dealt with the “how-to” of hacking medical devices. While slightly impractical and highly unlikely, the hacking of medical devices is a viable concern for patients and doctors alike. As technological capabilities increase, it is important for information and device security standards to keep up in order to maintain patient security. Read more about the possibility of IMD hacking and how to protect yourself or your patients at HealthBizDecoded.

Ashley Booth

Ashley Booth is a graduate of Tri-County Technical College and Clemson University with previous work experience in education, veterinary technology, and administrative assisting. At Health Security Solutions, Ashley serves as Marketing Coordinator and Content Developer for the Health Security Solutions Security News and Trends blog.

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