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Prominent healthcare CIO: FDA medical device security warning "will be the first of many"

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    Dr. John Halamka has taken to his "Life as a Healthcare CIO" blog to sound the alarm on medical device threats in the wake of the FDA late last week issuing its first cybersecurity warning about a specific medical device.

    The Food and Drug Administration urged healthcare facilities to stop using Hospira's Symbiq Infusion System, a common device for dispensing fluids/drugs to patients that the manufacturer says is being removed from the market. The warning spells out that the devices could be accessed via a hospital network and rejiggered to mess up a patient's dosage. The FDA said it's not aware of any hacking incidents involving the pumps, whose vulnerability was initially warned of on the US-CERT site in June and then the Industrial Control Systems CERT site in mid-July.

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