Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Develops A "Smart Transmitter"

By Robert Vamosi | 4/24/12 6:29 AM

On Tuesday, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation announced it will partner with Dexcom, a continuous glucose monitoring system vendor, to develop a "Smart Transmitter" able to communicate with multiple components of a closed –loop artificial pancreas. While there is emphasis on eliminating the wires and making things easier, there is little to no focus on any security implications with the new design.

Wireless is the direction that all medical devices are heading. But vendors need to take security concerns very seriously with these types of devices. The possibility of malicious activity related to these devices may be minimal, however, even the slightest impact is so significant that security has to be made a priority in the engineering phase of all medical devices.

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