Hacking Into Your Body
As if there aren’t enough things to think about when a medical device is implanted into your body, here’s a new, 21st-century concern: hacking!
As reported on AboutLawsuits.com, Medtronic, the manufacturer of the Paradigm insulin pump, is investigating the cybersecurity of the drug delivery device used by diabetics in lieu of daily injections. The concern is that the pumps could be hacked, and reprogrammed to overdose patients with insulin.
McAfee, a name known among computer users for its security software, identified the flaw, and indicated that the problem might not be limited to this particular piece of equipment. As medical devices increasingly rely on wireless technology for delivering meds such as antibiotics, chemotherapy and anesthesia, their software could be vulnerable to outsiders less concerned with medicine than life-threatening havoc.
So far, Medtronic has reported no hacking problems among its 200,000-some insulin pump patients.
But, really, hacking?
People interested in learning more about our firm's legal services, including medical malpractice in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, may ask questions or send us information about a particular case by phone or email. There is no charge for contacting us regarding your inquiry. A malpractice attorney will respond within 24 hours.
All contents copyrighted 2010 Patrick Malone & Associates except where copyright held by others. Reproduction in any form prohibited except where expressly granted.