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Old 11-04-2018, 12:37 AM   #1
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'Health Regulation for the Digital Age - Correcting the Mismatch '


https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1806848 an interesting article in the current NEJM
 
Old 11-04-2018, 09:45 PM   #2
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I'm not going the subscribe to the NEJM to read the article, but one issue that concerns me about medical gadgetry is that the outfits who make it seldom think about security. Many of the devices are open to intruders--not "hackable," the door is wide open. And I wouldn't use a commercial device (such as Fit-Bit) on a bet for just that reason, even if they didn't phone home.

A web search for "insecure medial devices" will turn of a library of horror stories.
 
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I'm not going the subscribe to the NEJM to read the article
Didn't notice that it was subscription-only. The article discussed the mismatch between the traditional way we regulate medical devices and these new digital ones. It finished:
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'In sum, new technologies are stretching health care regulatory categories beyond recognition. A better approach might be to change the law to meet the needs of the public and the industry, rather than the other way around.

'Doing nothing would not be disastrous. Law, like medicine, is often as much art as science, and rigid legal categories rarely dictate outcomes. Common sense usually wins out, and the law tends not to prohibit best practices. But if the law is used with foresight, it can help enable Americans to benefit from the promise of new digital technologies.'
 
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I got the drift from the summary, and I think it is a valid concern. Every major advance in technology has found the law lagging behind it, and digital tech is breaking more new ground faster than anything before. Perhaps the only technological change that comes close was the invention of the steam engine, which transformed industry, manufacturing, transportation, and economies with a few decades.

And, as regards digital technology, Silicon Valley has normalized theft of personal information.

I think the vulnerability concerns I raised are among the issues most in need of being addressed as regards the medical field, but hardly the only ones.

As an aside, my girlfriend is diabetic (Type 1, since she was 13 years old) and wears a monitor that communicates via Bluetooth to an external nagometer so she can monitor her glucose level in real time. Just for grins and giggles, I fired up Bluetooth on my laptop today.

I was gratified to find that I was unable to connect to the device.

Just my two cents.
 
  


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