The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned that networked medical devices may provide  potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities allowing hackers access to hospital networks and putting protected health information and patient safety at risk.

Networked medical devices “introduce new risks related to potential cybersecurity threats” including the introduction of malware into medical equipment and unauthorized access to configuration settings on devices and hospital networks, according to Suzanne Schwartz, director of emergency preparedness/operations and medical countermeasures for the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

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