Neuromodulation and Cybersecurity: How Secure are Wireless SCS Devices? Featured

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Friday, January 18

Evolving technology in neuromodulation, especially wireless access, has been a welcome addition from a patient monitoring and treatment perspective. However, the cybersecurity of medical devices has increasingly become a concern. Due to the long regulatory road to approval and the resistance to frequent upgrades and patches, healthcare IT has become particularly vulnerable to cyber threats.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the security vulnerabilities of implantable devices.
  • Create protocols to educate and protect your patient.
  • Develop a risk mitigation strategy.
  • Evaluate clinical response and management of impaired devices.

Current Cybersecurity Protocols Regarding Medical Devices

Suzanne B. Schwartz, MD MBA

The Implanted Device Vulnerability and the Occasional Hacker: Can a Neuromodulation Device be Programmed Remotely?

Leslie A. Saxon, MD

What Should Informed Consent Detail Regarding the Cybersafety of the Neuromodulation Implantable Devices?

Drew T. Simshaw, JD LLM

How Can We Guard and Protect Our Patients from the Possible Cybersecurity Breech?

Padma Gulur, MD


Faculty subject to change.