St Jude Medical to form cyber security medical advisory board

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St Jude Medical is to form a Cyber Security Medical Advisory Board (CSMAB) to advise the company as it, according to a press release, continues to advance cyber security standards in the medical device industry by working with experts and government agencies. The press release reports that creating the board ensures St Jude Medical receives direct feedback from leading physicians on patient management considerations. It adds that the company has an “ongoing commitment is to ensure our medical device ecosystem always puts patient safety at the forefront”.

St Jude Medical has spent years working with third-party experts, researchers, and government agencies to assess potential vulnerabilities, prioritise real-world threat levels, and then develop appropriate safeguards as part of the company’s product development process.

Mark Carlson, chief medical officer at St Jude Medical, comments: “Our mission is to deliver innovative technologies that save and improve lives. We take the cyber security of our devices very seriously and creating the Cyber Security Medical Advisory Board is one more demonstration of our ongoing commitment to advancing standards of patient care around the world without comprising safety and security.”

He adds: “We are in the process of finalizing membership for the Cyber Security Medical Advisory Board, and we will announce its members once finalised. We anticipate this Board will work with technology experts at St Jude Medical as well as external researchers to help us maintain and enhance cyber security and patient safety.”

“We recognise that cyber security is an ongoing challenge for many industries and it is essential that medical device companies have a clinical perspective when assessing the security of their products,” said Leslie A Saxon, professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) and executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing. “I look forward to working closely with the medical experts on the Board to assess cyber security risks and how they may affect patient care and safety.”

The press release states that establishing the Cyber Security Medical Advisory Board will help ensure that St Jude Medical’s cyber security protections continue to be innovative and meet the demands of the dynamic cyber security environment without jeopardising patient care.