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FDA issues cybersecurity alert on GE Healthcare medical devices

The FDA has issued a safety alert regarding cybersecurity vulnerabilities in GE Healthcare Clinical Information Central Stations and Telemetry Servers, which could be hacked to change settings and interfere with patient monitoring capabilities. The FDA recommends segregating the network and using firewalls, virtual private networks, and network monitors to minimize the risk. GE Healthcare will release software patches to address the vulnerabilities. Third-party risk management specialist, Censinet, calls for a rethinking of risk assessment and the approach to third-party medical devices due to the increasing threat of malicious actors.

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