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FDA’s Best Practices on Communicating Medical Device Vulnerabilities

Health IT Security

Jill McKeon

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health recently released best practices for communicating medical device vulnerabilities to patients and caregivers in light of growing concerns about medical device security.

The document provides actionable tips for industry stakeholders to communicate connected medical device risks adequately and efficiently.

Medical device security is a growing concern in the healthcare security space. Medical devices tend to be portable and connected to a hospital’s network, making them significantly vulnerable to bad actors.

McAfee researchers recently discovered a vulnerability in two types of infusion pumps that could potentially enable hackers to remotely administer double doses of medications, causing injuries or death.

While no cases have...

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