Insulin Infusion Pump Technology Gets First Eyes from Center for Internet Security

November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013

Internet-enabled medical devices are garnering significant attention from the Center for Internet Security (CIS), with standards being developedthat will help secure them. Thefirst standards will focus on insulin infusion pump technologies, according to a CIS press release.

There are no formal security measures in place for devices such as pacemakers and insulin pumps, even as more of these devices are incorporating wireless technologies. The CIS, together with the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center and the Medical Device Innovation, Safety and Security Consortium (MDISS),has now made an effort to create security standards that would increase the safety of such devices.

 Out of all the wireless medical devices, the team will be focusing on developing the first standards on insulin infusion pumps.

 The efforts could pave the way for an initial standard that will hopefully be completed by next year. “The time to talk is over, the time to do is upon us,” said CIS CEO Will Pelgrin. “We can always improve upon it. So our goal is to get a benchmark out as soon as possible.”

 The development will include a wide, multi-disciplinary approach, withcybersecurity experts advising on the technical side of things and incorporatinginput from device manufacturers, and from the health-care provider world. “We do this through a consensus approach,” he said, adding that wireless medical devices provide a great service that can improve people's quality of life, and they therefore need to be protected.

 “When you think of mobile medical devices, there are many control systems and you can’t get any more personal than a device that’s implanted into yourself,” said Pelgrin. “When those technologies were first developed, they didn’t have wireless capabilities and the developers of those devices used a more clinical approach. But now that the devices span multiple worlds like technology, medicine and health care, there are new things to consider.”

 It is important to note that these guidelines will significantly raise the bar for Internet-enables medical devices, including insulin infusion pump technologies. For these standards to remain effective, medical institutions should only use high-caliber tools and instruments.

 AIV offers parts and services for most leading infusion pumps in the market, including Baxter, BBraun, Alaris and Abbott/Hospira Infusion Pumps. Browse through AIV’s replacement parts and repair services at http://www.aiv-inc.com/iv-infusion-pump-replacement-parts.html.

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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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