DHS Issues Medical Device Best Practices Bulletin

By Robert Vamosi | 5/22/12 6:35 AM

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a bulletin warning of increased risks of wireless medical devices within a hospital environment.

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Senators Want Better Medical Device Safety

By Robert Vamosi | 12/19/11 3:46 AM

Three US Senators have introduced a bi-partisan Medical Device Patient Safety Act to stem medical device recalls and shore up existing FDA policy on product approval. Already one medical technology group is opposed.

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Feds to Probe Medical Device Vulnerabilities

By Robert Vamosi | 8/22/11 2:45 AM

Alarmed by new research showing the increasing vulnerability of wireless implanted medical devices, two members of Congress have asked for hearings on the security of these devices.

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FDA Improves Medical Device Data System Requirements

By Robert Vamosi | 6/10/11 3:25 AM

New rules from the US Federal government should improve the security of medical devices and software that store, transfer or display data.

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The Growing Presence of Mobile Apps in the Medical Field

By JDavis | 1/18/11 2:18 AM

Smartphone mobile apps aren't just for entertainment and GPS navigation; today's sophisticated apps turn handsets into advanced tools in an incredible range of settings. In fact, new research shows that doctors are increasingly using mobile apps as part of their professional practices.

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Implanted Smart Chips Could Ease Chronic Pain

By JDavis | 12/17/10 7:33 AM

An article on Engadget describes the recent work by Australian researchers at the National ICT Australia which uses "smart" chips to measure and respond to neurological activity in the spine. These chips, part of a system that can also provide electrical pulses that prevent pain signals from reaching the brain, could provide relief to people suffering from chronic pain conditions. The implanted system is expected to enter the human trials phase sometime next year.

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Smartphones, Smart Meters, Smart Cars... Smart Clothes?

By JDavis | 12/13/10 7:13 AM

Thin, stretchable silicon is being used to make powerful electronics that can be used in completely new contexts. As recently reported in Technology Review, athletic giant Reebok is partnering with one flexible silicon company to develop intelligent sports apparel with sophisticated built-in processing power. According to Technology Review,

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Wireless Communications Error Causes Medical Device Recall

By JDavis | 10/26/10 12:37 PM

A drug infusion pump manufactured by CareFusion is being recalled due to a wireless communications error that can result in the interruption of drug delivery, which could ultimately result in serious injury or death. Due to the serious nature of the threat posed by this malfunction, the FDA has given the recall Class I status -- reserved for the most critical recalls.

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Memory Tokens That Can Stand The Heat

By JDavis | 7/12/10 8:08 AM

To combat the rising incidence of counterfeit medical products, medical device manufacturers can implement removable memory tokens that contain product authentication keys and other security features. However, the continued reuse of these small, detachable tokens in demanding hospital and healthcare settings can be problematic.

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Smart Heart Devices in Development

By JDavis | 6/27/10 12:53 PM

A recent article in The New York Times offers a look at the latest in implantable defibrillator technology. Profiling devices from multiple manufacturers, the article discusses the development of state-of-the-art implanted medical devices that wireless communicate to a patient's physician.

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