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FDA Issues Guidance on Medical Device Cybersecurity

MEDICAL PRIVACY—U.S.

June 21, 2013

Here’s something a bit unnerving: Life-saving and life-enhancing medical devices—pacemakers, patient monitors and imaging scanners, for example—are vulnerable to hackers and malicious intrusions. Those vulnerabilities can, of course, have catastrophic impacts on patients who rely on those devices, but even patient fear of these vulnerabilities can have adverse repercussions. Patients may simply avoid updating or servicing their devices. This exclusive post for Privacy Tracker by Salazar Jackson’s Luis Salazar looks at the FDA’s guidance and what device manufacturers need to consider.
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