Cybersecurity for Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices: What Should You Know?

American College of Cardiology's Electrophysiology Section Leadership

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Abstract

Medical devices have been targets of hacking for over a decade, and this cybersecurity issue has affected many types of medical devices. Lately, the potential for hacking of cardiac devices (pacemakers and defibrillators) claimed the attention of the media, patients, and health care providers. This is a burgeoning problem that our newly electronically connected world faces. In this paper from the Electrophysiology Section Council, we briefly discuss various aspects of this relatively new threat in light of recent incidents involving the potential for hacking of cardiac devices. We explore the possible risks for the patients and the effect of device reconfiguration in an attempt to thwart cybersecurity threats. We provide an outline of what can be done to improve cybersecurity from the standpoint of the manufacturer, government, professional societies, physician, and patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1284-1288
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Volume71
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 20 2018

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Equipment and Supplies
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Health Personnel
Patient Care
Physicians

Keywords

  • cardiac implantable electronic devices
  • cybersecurity
  • hacking
  • remote monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Cybersecurity for Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices : What Should You Know? / American College of Cardiology's Electrophysiology Section Leadership.

In: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Vol. 71, No. 11, 20.03.2018, p. 1284-1288.

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American College of Cardiology's Electrophysiology Section Leadership 2018, 'Cybersecurity for Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices: What Should You Know?', Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 71, no. 11, pp. 1284-1288. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2018.01.023
American College of Cardiology's Electrophysiology Section Leadership. / Cybersecurity for Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices : What Should You Know?. In: Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2018 ; Vol. 71, No. 11. pp. 1284-1288.
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