The primary design of “smart” medical devices is to help patients. Strong security may weak in some cases. It was not envisioned that malicious individuals would attempt to hack and take over these devices. But where security is weak, there is a potential to create dangerous health risks. We are likely to see improving IoT security as a better realization of these risks surface.
Everyone has heard of connected insulin pumps and pace makers, but there are some other connected medical devices that might surprise you. Each of them of course pose a security risk to you and your health. Mandeep Khera, Internet of Things security expert at Arxan, ran through some of these lesser known devices.
And while pacemakers and insulin pumps have received their 15 minutes of fame, there are a myriad of other connected medical “things” that are either already available or in development, Khera said. “Although these things have yet to be maliciously hacked, they could pose a threat in the future. There have been attempts made at hacking various connected devices and it’s only a matter of time before it happens,” he said.
1. Brain implants – Connected brain implants are being used to treat seizures, Parkinson’s, and even OCD
2. Vital monitors – Developments in vital monitoring technology now grant healthcare providers with real-time access
3. Connected medication dispensers – To manage chronic illness effectively, patients must adhere to strict medication recommendations
4. MRI scanners – MRI scanners traditionally require a trained technician to operate machinery and record findings
5. Implantable blood flow sensors – Blood flow sensors are used by medical professionals to monitor trends or changes in blood-flow volumes
6. Smart hospital beds – Through touch-free intelligent and cloud connected monitoring platforms, smart beds present around-the-clock data that can be used to make important decisions regarding patient care.
7. Prosthetic devices – By implementing bluetooth technology into prosthetics, owners can take control of their devices and allow for more seamless operation and use.