MassDevice Q&A

June 30, 2009 by MassDevice staff

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08/26/2013 by Arezu Sarvestani

The absence of reported hacks on medical devices doesn't mean they aren’t happening, experts say, because there are no mechanisms in place to detect them.

How would we know if medical devices had been hacked?

The FDA has made medical device cybersecurity a high priority, even as it stresses that there have been no reported incidents of malicious medical device hacks or of patients harmed by a security-related issue.


08/20/2013 by Sony Salzman

Venaxis CEO Steve Lundy tells how a rapid blood test to rule out appendicitis can help eliminate unnecessary CT scans in the emergency room. Q&A: Venaxis CEO Steve Lundy

Of the 10.5 million cases of abdominal pain that present in American emergency rooms each year, only about 300,000 end up being confirmed as appendicitis. That means an expensive glut of ultimately unnecessary – and potentially cancer-causing – CT scans performed in ERs.

Venaxis CEO Steve Lundy believes his firm's diagnostic test can help eliminate those unnecessary abdominal scans, which use...

08/15/2013 by Arezu Sarvestani

From rampant hack-ability to risk transparency and hospital budgets, Medical Device Innovation, Safety & Security Consortium co-founder and executive director Dr. Dale Nordenberg tells how a swath of healthcare industry stakeholders are coming together to build tools to address cybersecurity in medical devices.

New tools allow hospitals to compare medical devices based on their cybersecurity

Regulators and healthcare providers are developing tools and standards to assess medical devices and their digital defenses, as medtech cybersecurity takes some giant...

07/30/2013 by Brad Perriello

James Mazzo, the former head of Abbott Medical Optics, tells about his decision to become Versant Ventures' 1st operating partner. Q&A: James Mazzo on his move to Versant Ventures

James Mazzo has put 35 years into the optics and ophthalmology business, so it was no surprise that he got involved with AcuFocus and its device for treating presbyopia. Mazzo, who stepped down from leading Abbott Medical Optics earlier this year, added another title to his resume that's more of a departure: He's the 1st "operating partner" at Versant...

07/29/2013 by Brian Johnson

In this podcast, former Kinetic Concepts CEO Catherine Burzik takes inside the corner office during the $6.1 billion private equity buyout of KCI by Apax Partners and a pair of Canadian pension funds.

Big 100 East 2013 Women in the Corner Office

Photograph by Carolyn Bick

The 2011 marriage between Kinetic Concepts Inc., Apax Partners and a pair of Canadian pension funds wasn't your typical merger.

Then again, there wasn't much about the $6.1 billion go-private deal, the largest leveraged buyout since the fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008, that could be described as typical. From an unsolicited offer to the cloak-and-...

07/26/2013 by Brad Perriello

Dr. Wilson Constantine, president & CEO of Monarch Medical, on his path to the corner office of a spinout company and his plans for the diabetes market. Q&A: Monarch Medical CEO Dr. Wilson Constantine

Monarch Medical's mission is to transform how hospitals and caregivers handle "drugs of concern," or compounds that, when mismanaged, can lead to injuries or even death – the aptly named "never events" that ought to be anathema to healthcare.

Formed from the EndoTool division of...

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