Category: Health Information Technology
The top three medical device stories for August 25, 2011.
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Feeling dismissed by Medtronic spokespeople, insulin pump hacker Jay Radcliffe publicly revealed the device's vulnerabilities in an effort to pressure the med-tech giant into improving device security.
The security expert who hacked his own insulin pump revealed that the device came from Medtronic Inc. (NYSE:MDT), and accused the med-tech giant of ignoring his warnings.
GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry's decision to undergo a controversial stem cell therapy to treat his back pain gets mixed results.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Headlines are abuzz over GOP candidate Rick Perry's unusual decision to undergo a controversial and perhaps legally problematic stem cell therapy to treat his bad back.
Perry opted to have stem cells taken from fat in his back via liposuction, cultured in a lab and injected into his bloodstream in a procedure that is not yet determined safe or effective.
Health info-tech experts gather at the "Role and Future of HIT in an Era of Health Care Transformation" symposium at George Washington University.
By John D. Halamka, MD
Today I'm at George Washington University's "The Role and Future of HIT in an Era of Health Care Transformation Symposium" serving as moderator of a panel discussing the barriers and enablers to health information exchange, including the impact of PCAST Work.
Everything you wanted to know about latest health information technology meeting at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
By John D. Halamka, MD
The August meeting of the HIT Standards Committee (the 28th meeting of this FACA) was a milestone in parsimony. As you'll see, we approved a set of vocabulary recommendations and public health standards that represent harmony as well the fewest number of standards possible for the intended purpose.
Reps Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) ask the Government Accountability Office to look into medical device security in response to the DefCon report from an insulin pump hacker.
The recent report of an computer security expert who hacked his own insulin pump got the attention of members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee.
This week senior committee members Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) urged the Government Accountability Office to investigate the safety and security of wireless medical devices, citing an article written about the pump hack.
IBM unveils a new microprocessor that can "rewire" its connections in response to new information, much the way biological synapses do.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — IBM unveiled a new SyNAPSE microprocessor that it says is the closest a machine has come to replicating the way human brain works.
In attempts at "reverse engineering the brain," the team is working on recreating things like emotion, perception, sensation and cognition, according to IBM's project leader Dharmendra Modha.