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Cybersecurity for Medical Devices: Questions and Answers

As the number of network connected medical devices increases, opportunities for improved patient care also increase. As a consequence, the vulnerability to cyber-attacks becomes a greater threat. Medical device cybersecurity threats can be dangerous for providers, networks, and device manufacturers. They can put patient safety at risk and/or create a breach of data. The FDA encourages manufacturers to consider potential cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities “throughout the product lifecycle, including during the design, development, production, distribution, deployment and maintenance of the device.”

R&Q recently presented the webinar, Cybersecurity: Regulatory and quality ramifications. During the session we answered several of your questions, a sample of which are below. To see all of the questions and answers from the session, along with the slides and recording, check out the on-demand webinar.

Regulatory Intelligence

How much time to you spend searching FDA’s website? Looking for predicates, collecting adverse event reports from the MAUDE database, searching for guidance documents, etc. I’m sure I don’t need to dig into the details, you have felt this pain too if you have spent any appreciable amount of time on the www.fda.gov. Albeit a great source of information, it is a complex web of blue pages, and it takes a very large amount of time (and money!) to find the information you are looking for.

Mobile Medical Applications - Community Bull-Dozers

Well how about that - software developers are making it easy on me to write this series with yet another 510(k) clearance announced this week. The latest in cleared mobile health devices? The AliveCor mobile heart monitor.

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