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2 Tales of Device-Related Risks to Patients

Healthcare Info Security

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

Recent disclosures about security issues pertaining to certain medical devices as well as storage devices used in healthcare serve as reminders of the potential risks to patients that must be mitigated.

Those disclosures include alerts about vulnerabilities identified by researchers in a Medtronic product used by cardiac patients and a report about millions of unsecured medical images containing patient identifying information found exposed on the internet.

Medtronic Alerts
On Monday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and medical device maker Medtronic issued alerts about vulnerabilities in the Medtronic MyCareLink Smart 25000 Patient Reader product used by some patients with cardiac devices, such as pacemakers, to communicate with their doctors in between office visits.

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