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FDA Warning: Certain Patient Monitoring Devices at Risk for Cyberattacks

February 11, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning health professionals about cybersecurity vulnerabilities for certain GE Healthcare Clinical Information Central Stations and Telemetry Servers, typically used by hospitals and healthcare facilities. 

These monitoring devices are used to display a patient’s vital signs, and can be monitored remotely.

According to the FDA, hackers could gain control of these computer programs and meddle with the devices’ important functions, even causing the system to generate false data.

The FDA advises that these systems be segregated from a facility’s network and urges users to take precautions to mitigate any outside attacks. 

ISMIE offers a Cybersecurity resource for policyholders, which covers liability risks, potential threats and what you can do to safeguard your organization or practice.

Questions? Contact the ISMIE Risk Management team by email or phone at 800-782-4767. 

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