Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Maryland Medical Product Liability Lawyers Discuss Security Issues Linked to Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising healthcare facilities to stop using certain medical devices because of a cybersecurity risk. The FDA warned that devices linked to the Internet are vulnerable to hackers that could potentially gain access to the device, creating a serious risk of harm to patients. Specific warnings were issued to hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities using Hospira’s Symbiq medication infusion pump. The device is used to deliver medications directly into the bloodstream of patients over extended periods of time. Experts claim that hackers could potentially gain unauthorized access to the device’s settings and change the dosage the pump delivers, which could lead to an over- or under-infusion of critical patient therapies. The FDA has been aware of security vulnerabilities in medical devices for some time now. In 2012, the United States Government Accountability Office issued a report focused on the growing concern of security threats to med

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