Medtech & Devices

FDA Official Dispels Medical Device Security Myths

Despite progress in improving medical device safety, many myths and misunderstandings about medical device security continue to persist, says Dr. Suzanne Schwartz of the FDA.”We have seen a fair amount of progress that has been very encouraging,” Schwartz says in an interview with Information Security Media Group. “With regard to manufacturers … we’ve seen great

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Why Medical Companies Should Change Their Approach

The modern age belongs to mobile technologies, and most industries have realized this fact. Healthcare and pharmaceutical companies are no exceptions, and this is why pharma mobile apps development for medical care is on the rise. Doctors are endorsing mobile technologies, and the pharmaceutical companies will have to make adjustments quickly. Just in 2015, 76%

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Protecting medical devices from malware attacks

In today’s interconnected environment, protecting healthcare IT systems against malware attacks seems to be an uphill task for infosec professionals. The recent spate of ransomware attacks (e.g., WannaCry) has made many infosec teams to be more aware of cybersecurity issues associated with the Internet of Things (IoT). But some IT experts see some obstacles preventing

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How Tracing Your Ancestors Could Improve Your Health: Interview with Dr. Ian Zinck, Head of Science and Research at Athletigen

Athletigen is a genetics company with offices in Halifax and Toronto, Canada, that offers advice to athletes and exercise enthusiasts to help maintain and improve their health, based on their genetic data. Customers can get their DNA sequenced, and then based on their unique genetic traits, Athletigen will identify genetic variants that can impact a

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AI Reads Brainwaves to Assess Preterm Brain Maturity

Researchers at the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital have created the first AI that is capable of estimating the functional brain maturity of pre-term babies. The software interprets electroencephalography (EEG) measurements taken from preterm infants to make calculations about the brain’s functional maturity. Based on machine learning, the software calculates the brain maturity

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How a Medical Device Vulnerability Can Compromise Privacy

Medical device cybersecurity scrutiny usually focuses on potential patient safety issues. But vulnerabilities identified in a cardiac pacemaker programming device illustrate the risks also posed to patient data privacy, says Billy Rios, a researcher who discovered the problem.Vulnerabilities identified by Rios and his colleague, Jonathan Butts, last year while examining Boston Scientific cardiac pacemaker programming

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