Medical devices safe from hackers

cq5dam.web_.650.650The Hill’s Feb. 27 article “Medical devices could be lethal in hands of hackers” does not accurately describe the steps medical technology companies take to help ensure their products are protected from cybersecurity threats. This lack of context could give a false impression of the risks of connected medical devices’ susceptibility to hacking. There is also the potential that patients could unnecessarily decide to forgo use of an otherwise safe and effective technology.Patient safety is the No. 1 priority of the medical technology industry, and manufacturers have in place numerous safeguards to ensure the security and integrity of their connected devices. All medical device manufacturers, as part of the work they do for product development and product approval, maintain a risk management system in which they evaluate potential risks — including cybersecurity risks — and the probability of those events taking place.ADVERTISEMENTThe advent of connected technologies offers patients significant benefits, and the risk of a malicious cyberattack is low in comparison. Medical technology companies have taken steps to further reduce the already low risk of malicious hacking, including building device security into new product development processes; continual vulnerability testing and remediation; and ongoing risk assessments.We commend and support the Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to raise awareness about potential cybersecurity concerns. We also agree with the FDA that medical technology cybersecurity is a shared responsibility among all stakeholders — manufacturers, hospitals, physicians, patients, etc. — and all parties need to be aware of the potential for cybersecurity breaches. The medical technology industry is committed to working with the agency, healthcare providers, the academic community, security experts and other stakeholders on potential ways to further ensure the continued safety and effectiveness of digital medical technologies.

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