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Life-saving medical devices can be hacked!

Patients with pacemakers, defibrillators and insulin pumps are in the crosshairs.  Researchers have already shown they can change a medical device’s computer settings, disabling therapies and even sending a potentially lethal shock command to a pacemaker-defibrillator.

According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Safety Communication in April 2017, many medical devices have been built with “configurable embedded computer systems that can be vulnerable to cybersecurity intrusions and exploits.”

The Hill – a national newspaper and online news service covering political news in Washington D.C. – reports there’s growing concern at the FDA about how easily hackers can get into these devices.  The FDA is the only federal agency currently responsible for their cybersecurity.

ABC News reported recently that hospitals and health care organizations have been top hacker targets for some time.  Hackers recently hijacked controls of computers at 65 hospitals in England and one in Los Angeles, threatening to destroy their programs if they didn’t pay ransom.  The California hospital gave in.  It paid the hackers $17,000 to regain control of its computers.

Wireless medical devices are already being prescribed every year for 300,000 patients in the U.S. The Hill reports there’s growing concern at the FDA about hackers’ ability to invade and control medical devices that are vital to health and life.

According to the Harvard Business Review, hacks of medical devices are a “sobering threat.”  It’s one that potentially faces numbers of the elderly in the U.S. in the immediate future.  That age group is growing rapidly, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  Medical devices – especially pacemakers, defibrillators and insulin pumps – will become more common every year as more and more of the Baby Boom generation reaches 65.

What is being done to protect patients from hackers?

A medical website – Fiercebiotech – reported in May 2017 that “around half of device manufacturers were not using guidance from the FDA about how to secure devices.” It also reported that two-thirds of medical device manufacturers and more than half of health care organizations believe hacker attacks on medical devices are “very likely” in the next 12 months.

Wayne Wright can help medical device victims

Wayne Wright knows that companies manufacturing medical devices are responsible for the safety of their products.  For 40 years he’s successfully represented victims of faulty medical devices.  His numerous, national legal honors prove that he gets top results for clients who have been harmed by a manufacturer’s negligence.  Wayne Wright is one of America’s top trial lawyers.  He either wins your case or your legal services are free.  So are calls and evaluations.

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