The theory of hackers hacking into medical devices and tampering with their functioning has been around for several years. Recently however, hackers proved that they could easily hack into vehicles and take control of these vehicles with hardly any trouble at all. They have also indicated that they can easily hack into medical devices. This has very serious complications for patient safety.
According to several medical security experts, medical devices are extremely insecure in the face of these threats by hackers. Cyber security for medical devices is not something that medical device makers have invested in, and the implications for patient safety are severe.
Just about every implantable or other type of medical device that is connected to the Internet is capable of being hacked. In fact, hackers have demonstrated their ability to hack into implanted pacemakers, defibrillators, and other medical devices. Even insulin pumps have not been spared. Some hackers recently managed to compromise a number of medical devices, and were able to steal information from hospital data networks.
One of the biggest concerns is that the federal administration has recognized the seriousness of the issue, but is not implementing measures that can resolve these threats. Part of the problem seems to be that there are a number of federal agencies involved in resolving this issue, including the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission, and getting all these federal agencies on the same page has proved to be difficult.
If you were injured by a medical device, speak to a Chicago product liability attorney about filing a claim for compensation. You can recover damages for medical expenses and other damages. Schedule a consultation with a Chicago product liability attorney at our firm.