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What if:

  • Your insulin pump suddenly overdosed?
  • A patient’s bedside medication pump malfunctioned?
  • Your grandmother’s pacemaker stopped working?
  • A children’s hospital lost internet access from a cyber attack?

These aren't just examples; they've actually happened.

On June 8-9, 2017, these complex questions were tackled at the inaugural CyberMed Summit. The event brought together the world's preeminent clinicians, security researchers, health care administrators, medical device manufacturers and policymakers to begin the conversation on how to address the emerging challenges of medical device cybersecurity, as well as how to prevent these malicious attacks and how to develop solutions to keep patients safe and medical technology secure.

Teaming up with the Atlantic Council, two College of Medicine – Phoenix graduates — Jeff Tully, MD, and Christian Dameff, MD — organized the two-day conference, hosted by the College, and drew more than 100 international IT, health and engineering experts.

“In hospitals, we keep plugging everything to the Internet. Devices are becoming more sophisticated and connected wirelessly. At my core, I believe that we are doing something dangerous. We want to fix everything with technology. But we can’t secure it. I’m fearful that patients are going to suffer” — Christian Dameff, MD.

“These clinical simulations — along with the discussions that followed — are, in essence, a model that deserves to be reproduced across other medical centers as part of raising awareness and educating the clinician community” — Suzanne B. Schwartz, MD, MBA, Associate Director for Science and Strategic Partnerships at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).

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