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Study Shows More Effective Reporting for Devices Needed

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 20, 2012

Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Amherst are warning that current mechanisms for establishing medical device safety may not be adequate for protecting privacy. According to a press release, the members of the Strategic Healthcare IT Advanced Research Projects on Security studied decades-worth of Food and Drug Administration databases, prompting them to recommend a “more effective reporting system for medical device cybersecurity.” While wireless connectivity in medical devices improves patient care, the researchers say government should "rethink how to effectively and efficiently collect data on security and privacy problems in devices that increasingly depend on computing systems susceptible to malware."
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