Medical Musings: How do we protect devices from hackers?

You think it's a big deal that someone can hack into your web site or your Twitter account?

In the not-too-distant future, it may be possible for hackers to gain access to hundreds of thousands of medical devices now located on highly secure hospital servers. There is increasing pressure to go wireless as medical care becomes more mobile and home-based.

According to the Advanced Medical Technology Association, devices such as infusion pumps and defibrillators have already gone wireless. It's been demonstrated that infusion pumps can be hacked, allowing lethal doses of medication to be administered to a patient.

Plastics manufacturers are well aware of how to protect electronic medical devices from unintentional threats, such as interference from electromagnetic energy in the environment. Intentional threats are a whole different story....

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