Mercury News/AP: Eshoo pushes for review of insulin pump safety after hacking report

August 19, 2011
In The News

The Mercury News and Associated Press (AP) recently wrote about Rep. Eshoo's efforts to evaluate the Federal Communications Commission's efforts to identify the risks of implants and other medical devices that use wireless communications technologies.  An exercpt of the article is below:

Two lawmakers are requesting a review of the government's security standards for wireless medical devices after a diabetic discovered how to remotely reprogram his and other people's insulin pumps.

Eshoo and Markey wrote in a letter dated Monday that they would like the GAO to investigate the extent to which the FCC, which establishes technical requirements for radio communications, is ensuring the safety of wireless medical devices and coordinating with the FDA.

"In bringing forward innovative wireless technologies and devices for healthcare, it's critical that these devices are able to operate together and with other hospital equipment, and not interfere with each other's activities and data transmissions," they wrote. "It's also important that such devices operate in a safe, reliable, and secure manner."

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