MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW) is poised to take the lead in the transcatheter aortic valve market with its Sapient 3 replacement heart valve, according to Leerink Partners analyst Danielle Antalffy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Bad timing and a financial crisis nearly buried MVRx and its mitral valve repair technology forever, but the company’s founders finally revealed their progress over the weekend at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A couple of medtech’s biggest players were named among the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index’s most environmentally responsible companies.