Radio Prague International: Czech Researchers Develop Top-Grade Respirator For 3D Printing

Radio Prague International: Czech Researchers Develop Top-Grade Respirator For 3D Printing. “The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a global scramble for face masks and respirators. Most of the world’s face masks are made in China and Taiwan, which currently find it hard to satisfy demand, and scientists are racing to find alternative sources. A team of researchers at the Czech Institute of Computer Science, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) has developed a high-grade respirator that can be printed on industrial 3D printers or produced by injection molding technology.”

mHealth Intelligence: New Project Eyes an Open Platform for Data From mHealth Wearables

mHealth Intelligence: New Project Eyes an Open Platform for Data From mHealth Wearables. “The Open Wearables Initiative (OWEAR), launched last September by Nextbridge Health, Shimmer Research and Dr. Vincent van Hees, announced that it is now ‘actively soliciting’ open-source software and datasets from wearable sensors and other connected health technologies. The group wants to create a platform from which researchers and care providers can share digital health source codes and algorithms.” I didn’t understand mHealth in this context; apparently it just means “mobile health.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: Safety Data From 20 Countries Added To Implant Files Database

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: Safety Data From 20 Countries Added To Implant Files Database. “Today the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is releasing the last batch of medical devices data to its International Medical Devices Database (IMDD), giving patients access to more than 120,000 records about faulty or even dangerous medical devices from around the world.”

Techdirt: Researchers Build App That Kills To Highlight Insulin Pump Exploit

Techdirt: Researchers Build App That Kills To Highlight Insulin Pump Exploit. “By now the half-baked security in most internet of things (IOT) devices has become a bit of a running joke, leading to amusing Twitter accounts like Internet of Shit that highlight the sordid depth of this particular apathy rabbit hole. And while refrigerators leaking your gmail credentials and tea kettles that expose your home networks are entertaining in their own way, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the same half-assed security in the IOT space also exists on most home routers, your car, your pacemaker, and countless other essential devices and services your life may depend on.”

The Register: Scumbags can program vulnerable MedTronic insulin pumps over the air to murder diabetics – insecure kit recalled

The Register: Scumbags can program vulnerable MedTronic insulin pumps over the air to murder diabetics – insecure kit recalled. “Health implant maker MedTronic is recalling some of its insulin pumps following the discovery of security vulnerabilities in the equipment that can be exploited over the air to hijack them.”

StarTribune: FDA releases millions of records of incidents involving medical devices

StarTribune: FDA releases millions of records of incidents involving medical devices. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday published millions of previously undisclosed reports of problems and post-surgical complications involving medical devices, including reports on implantable cardiac defibrillators, pacemaker electrodes and dental implants.”

Ars Technica: Critical flaw lets hackers control lifesaving devices implanted inside patients

Ars Technica: Critical flaw lets hackers control lifesaving devices implanted inside patients. “The federal government on Thursday warned of a serious flaw in Medtronic cardio defibrillators that allows attackers to use radio communications to surreptitiously take full control of the lifesaving devices after they are implanted in a patient.”

KHN: Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused By Scores Of Medical Devices

KHN: Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused By Scores Of Medical Devices. “The FDA has built and expanded a vast and hidden repository of reports on device-related injuries and malfunctions, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows. Since 2016, at least 1.1 million incidents have flowed into the internal ‘alternative summary reporting’ repository, instead of being described individually in the widely scrutinized public database known as MAUDE, which medical experts trust to identify problems that could put patients in jeopardy.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: The International Medical Device Database grows as ICIJ adds two more countries

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: The International Medical Device Database grows as ICIJ adds two more countries. “Patients and healthcare professionals can now search more than 76,000 recalls, safety alerts and field safety notices relating to medical devices. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists today adds two new countries – France and Brazil – to the first-ever global database of medical devices.”

Implant files: International journalism body creates database to track faulty medical devices (Scroll .in)

Scroll .in: Implant files: International journalism body creates database to track faulty medical devices. “The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has compiled a global database of medical devices that are either faulty or dangerous. It allows users to explore more than 70,000 recalls, safety alerts and field safety notices of medical devices in 11 countries – Australia, Canada, Finland, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Switzerland and the United States – in its first release.”

The Internet of (Medical) Things: Dangers, Risks, and Security Problems (MakeUseOf)

MakeUseOf: The Internet of (Medical) Things: Dangers, Risks, and Security Problems . “You may have heard the phrase ‘your health is your wealth.’ It’s one of the reasons the US spent over $3.2 trillion on healthcare in 2015 alone. With so much money floating around, it’s only natural that a lot of businesses have entered the healthcare market—including technology companies. Medical technology sometimes feels dated, but companies are intent on dragging those devices into the 21st century. And while internet connectivity might seem like a great feature to have, there are some real dangers and issues that could surprise you.”

RAPS – Using Twitter as an Intelligence Tool: 85 Accounts Worth Following

RAPS: Using Twitter as an Intelligence Tool: 85 Accounts Worth Following. “With the rise of president-elect Donald Trump, it’s become abundantly clear that Twitter matters. And it matters not just for politics. For regulatory affairs folks in in the pharmaceutical and medical device spaces, for investors, and even for the regulators themselves, Twitter is a great place to catch the day’s breaking news before the headlines are written.” Minimal annotation but enough.

Recent Google Patent Filing Takes Wearables to the Next Level

A recent Google patent filing takes wearables to the next level. “A recent patent application filed by Google has revealed a skin-implantable diagnostic system that monitors physiological parameters of the person by analyzing blood, sweat, or interstitial fluid through a sensor implanted under a person’s skin. Further, the skin-implantable diagnostic system includes an antenna for sending and receiving wireless signals from the sensor implanted inside the person’s skin to a reader device.”

GlaxoSmithKline and Alphabet Teaming Up for New Company

GlaxoSmithKline and Alphabet are teaming up to create a new company. “GlaxoSmithKline and Google parent Alphabet’s life sciences unit are creating a new company focused on fighting diseases by targeting electrical signals in the body, jump-starting a novel field of medicine called bioelectronics. Verily Life Sciences – known as Google’s life sciences unit until last year – and Britain’s biggest drugmaker will together contribute 540 million pounds ($715 million) over seven years to Galvani Bioelectronics, they said on Monday.”