2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Are Medical Devices and Systems Hack Proof?

Saturday, March 12
5:00PM - 6:00PM

JW Marriott
Room 203-204
110 E 2nd St


At a recent Black Hat conference, a diabetic man demonstrated how to spoof a wireless insulin pump, causing a life-threatening situation. At a hospital in 2013, a computer program issued a dosage of medicine 76 times the required dose, due to a program glitch. In an IoT era where revolutionary medical software and implantable devices give hope to people with chronic disorders, they also stand as a new frontier for security and privacy. As clinicians increasingly rely on computers vs. common sense, and medical devices become increasingly vulnerable to security breaches, it’s time for new dialog on trust and security for Medtech. Part of the IEEE Tech for Humanity Series.

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John Halamka MD MS at SXSW

John Halamka MD MS


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Ne...

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Kevin Fu at SXSW

Kevin Fu

Virta Laboratories

Kevin Fu is credited for establishing the field of medical device security beginning with the 2008 IEEE paper on defibrillator security. Kevin is Chief Scientist of Virta Labs, Inc. and Associate ...

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Mary Ward-Callan

Managing Dir Technical Activities


Mary Ward-Callan is the Staff Executive at the IEEE responsible for the strategic and operational leadership 45 Technical Societies and Councils, and numerous emerging technical communities that co...

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