Healthcare IT: When TV drama meets real-life medical device security

“‘Murder by pacemaker’” isn’t a real thing, is it?” my friend asked. She’d caught a TV drama in which the victim’s pacemaker was hacked. From a remote location, the hacker—a murderer for hire—was able to access the device, accelerate the victim’s heart rate, and cause cardiac arrest. While that’s not yet possible, connected medical devices—like pacemakers, medical infusion pumps, CT scanners, and insulin pumps—are  helping many of us enjoy a better quality of life. But, the advances made possible with IoT and other innovations are not without risk and healthcare is particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks.

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