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Best Practices Offered by FDA for Medical Device Vulnerability Patients

This week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a new best practises paper to assist healthcare providers and government entities in developing a cybersecurity vulnerability disclosure strategy. The document is not a guidance and does not generate any regulatory expectations, according to the agency’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “We anticipate that this document will be a beneficial resource for industry stakeholders and federal partners,” the authors write. According to the study, the country’s rising usage of linked medical equipment has resulted in an increase in cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Patient advisors have stressed the significance of clear, actionable communication regarding such vulnerabilities during previous sessions in order to promote public health and avoid any risks. Medtronic just issued an “urgent” device recall for its MiniMed remote controller, which is designed to work with certain insulin pumps.

The controller could be vulnerable to a cybersecurity risk, according to the business, and such risks outweigh the benefits of its ongoing usage. The FDA Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technology Innovation director, Dr. Suzanne Schwartz, told Healthcare IT News last summer that the agency would take collaborative action to address medical device vulnerabilities.This week’s white paper, according to Schwartz, was written with the patient community in mind.

It also serves the same purpose in assisting doctors and providers in determining what kind of language they should use when communicating with a patient about their device. The FDA work to safeguard patient safety and the overall safety and effectiveness of medical devices includes communicating about medical device safety. The FDA work to safeguard patient safety and the overall safety and effectiveness of medical devices includes communicating about medical device safety.

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