Some doctors are wary of software patch that prevents unauthorized access to Internet-connected devices, worried about risk of malfunction
Medcrypt CEO Mike Kijewski and Dr. Christian Dameff, UC San Diego emergency doctor and hacker and security researcher, discuss how to keep your medical devices safe from being hacked.
Whether you use a pacemaker or other medical device, the convenience of connectivity with your doctor carries some new risks.
"RefleXion Medical, which is working on a biologically guided radiotherapy platform for cancer treatment, has tapped security provider MedCrypt to encrypt data that goes through its devices."
“'What we’re doing with RefleXion is encrypting the data so people can’t steal it, but also [making it] so the device is only acting on instructions that it knows came from another part of the RefleXion system...''”
“'If you have a device and a vendor never does a cybersecurity software update for it, it doesn't mean they're great at cybersecurity—it means they're not taking cybersecurity seriously.”
“'The federal government allows citizens to access data via [Freedom of Information Act] requests. Banks make customers' transaction records available to them. Healthcare IT companies need to give patients access to their own healthcare data.'”
“An episode of “Homeland” guided Mike Kijewski to founding MedCrypt, a medical device security startup that began operations in January 2016.”
“'We need to be confident in the medication consumption data we’re collecting from our Smartinjector devices, because it will be used by healthcare professionals to make treatment decisions. '”
“The therapeutics company QuiO has tapped MedCrypt to secure its first two products.”
"As internet-connected hardware proliferates, there’s been a corresponding rise in cyber security threats..."