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Diabetes: Patients hack glucose monitors | On Call

September 29, 2014 by Brad Perriello

More and more patients are reportedly hacking into their glucose monitors to add functions like online data display and continuous glucose monitoring. On Call

MASSDEVICE ON CALL — More and more patients are hacking into their glucose monitors to add functionality, with medical device companies lagging behind as they work their own improvements through the FDA, according to the Wall Street Journal.

FDA seeks public input on medtech hacking | On Call

September 24, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

FDA regulators and Dept. of Homeland Security officials are co-hosting a public meeting to discuss cybersecurity in medical devices. On Call

MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The FDA announced that it will hold a public meeting in October to discuss cybersecurity in medical devices.

Co-hosted with the Dept. of Homeland Security, the 2-day summit will bring together a variety of healthcare stakeholders to discuss areas of vulnerability and best approaches to shoring up the digital defenses of medical systems.

Alere unveils $3.82B privatization plan | On Call

September 23, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Former Alere CEO Ron Zwanziger plans to take the diagnostics giant private in a deal valued at $3.82 billion. On Call

MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Diagnostics giant Alere (NYSE:ALR) has seen some major Wall Street action since news broke that former CEO Ron Zwanziger is looking to take the company private in a deal valued at $3.82 billion.

Texas insurance co's patient records turn up online | On Call

September 22, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Cybersecurity experts find an a prominent insurance company's confidential patient records for sale on the internet's "cybercrime underground." On Call

MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Digital security experts at Krebs on Security say they've been able to dig up sensitive patient data for sale on the internet's black market.

An unlisted website called Evolution Market (not accessible via traditional web searches) was discovered to be selling medical records stolen from an unnamed Texas life insurance firm. The records were going for as little as $6.40 apiece if bought in bulk.

Did Boston Scientific lose $74M mesh trial over an email? | On Call

September 19, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

The most recent Boston Scientific mesh lawsuit, which cost the company $74 million, featured an internal email that may have made a major impact on the jury. On Call

MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Medtech titan Boston Scientific's (NYSE:BSX) logged a major loss after winning a few rounds in the ongoing lawsuits over its vaginal sling implants, and the deciding factor may have been the revelation of an internal company email.

Healthcare sneakers test cybersecurity in medtech | On Call

September 18, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

As the healthcare industry suffers a growing number of digital attacks and hacks, cybersecurity experts offer tips for penetration testing and "how to hack your own medical device." On Call

MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Digital criminals have been stepping up their game with an ever-increasing number of malicious hacks on healthcare data systems, but there is good news. The medical device industry doesn't have to reinvent the wheel to get a grasp on its cybersecurity issues.

Other industries have been in the cybersecurity limelight for years and there are several defined practices to help companies assess and improve their digital defenses.

What is Apple's healthcare play really worth? | On Call

September 17, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Apple has stirred up a lot of commotion over its foray into digital health, but the company has a long way to go to prove that it's smartwatch is a fitness game-changer. On Call

MASSDEVICE ON CALL — All eyes are on Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) this month with the long-awaited unveiling of its Apple Watch and today's release of the HealthKit app, but health and fitness industry experts are looking for more.

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