FDA Warns About Cyberattack Threats on Medical Devices

July 08, 2013

July 8, 2013

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an announcement addressing possible hack attacks on medical devices and hospital networks. The agency recommended tightened security measures in medical devices “to reduce the risk failure due to cyberattack”. Medical equipment and hospital networks are prone to malware introduction and unauthorized access to its configuration settings, the FDA added.

The department pointed out that malware presence could provide an illegal gateway to patients’ medical records, monitoring systems and implanted medical devices. FDA also added that many medical equipment embedded with configurable computer systems are vulnerable to security breach.

Included in the FDA safety advisory are guidelines to both manufacturers and healthcare facilities to avoid compromise in the security of its medical equipment in the future. FDA also released draft procedures for manufacturers that focus on cybersecurity for pre-market submissions and products that use off-the-shelf software.

Medical devices, including smart infusion pumps, rely on correct electronic medical instructions to provide error-free medication to patients. Highly-secured network, as well as properly-maintained medical equipment, ensures proper drug delivery and quality patient care.

AIV offers replacement parts and services to most leading infusion pump systems. Check AIV’s infusion pump parts and repair services at http://www.aiv-inc.com/iv-infusion-pump-replacement-parts.html.

About the Author

Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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