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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.