How Medtronic 's Pacemakers Are Now Harder to Hack

FDA approved Medtronic's Azure pacemakers, which feature the company's new BlueSync technology to protect patients from having their device hacked. The BlueSync technology is also now available with the Medtronic Percepta portfolio of quadripolar, MR-conditional cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers (CRT-Ps), the company said. BlueSync is intended to enable more secure wireless remote monitoring via Medtronic's CareLink Network, by limiting access to the device functionality and also by protecting patient data. Connected medical devices like pacemakers add value to patient care by enabling remote patient monitoring and giving clinicians access to important patient data that can result in more timely care. But these devices also present new cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could put patients at risk. That's why experts are adamant that cybersecurity must be part of medical device architecture.  Awareness of cybersecurity issues is no longer the problem in the medical device field, but many companies are still unprepared to handle a cybersecurity incident, according to a recent industry poll. In addition to the benefits of BlueSync technology, Medtronic said its new Azure pacemakers offer improved longevity, estimated at 13.7 years, which is about 27%, longer than its predecessor. The company launched both a single chamber and dual chamber model of the device, the Azure XT MRI and Azure S MRI. And as the name suggests, both devices allow patients to...
Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Digital Health Cardiovascular Source Type: news

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Conclusions. Patients in AF or SR undergoing CRT demonstrated distinct benefits from device implantation and from HIIT as an adjunctive therapeutic strategy. This suggests that both mainstay and adjunctive therapeutics may need to be managed differently in patients in AF and SR. PMID: 31221002 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal - Category: Cardiology Tags: Scand Cardiovasc J Source Type: research
Yolanda Benito1, Pablo Martinez-Legazpi1*, Lorenzo Rossini2, Candelas Pérez del Villar1, Raquel Yotti1, Yolanda Martín Peinador3, Daniel Rodríguez-Pérez4, M. Mar Desco4, Constancio Medrano1, Jose Carlos Antoranz4, Francisco Fernández-Avilés1, Juan C. del Álamo2,5 and Javier Bermejo1 1Department of Cardiology, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Gregorio Marañón and CIBERCV, Madrid, Spain 2Department of Mechanical and Aerospace ...
Source: Frontiers in Physiology - Category: Physiology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: In this long-term follow-up in patients with atrial fibrillation treated with AVJ ablation and pacing, indication, choice of pacing system, and morbidity differed but there were no sex differences regarding survival or primary cause of death found. The main factor influencing survival was age at the time of ablation. Women less often received treatment with ICD and/or CRT when indication was present compared with men. PMID: 29537317 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal - Category: Cardiology Tags: Scand Cardiovasc J Source Type: research
Biotronik said today it won FDA approval for its Intica DX and Intica cardiac resynchronization therapy CRT-DX implantable cardioverter defibrillator systems and that it launched the devices in the US. The Berlin-based company touted that the Intica line of ICD devices are the 1st to not require an atrial lead, normally used to monitor electrical activity in the atrium, as the system itself provides the necessary atrial signal information. Atrial diagnostics are used for the early detection of supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation and atrial ventricular synchronization. “When treating heart failure p...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiovascular Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Biotronik Source Type: news
Medtronic just announced that its Claria MRI Quad Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator (CRT-D) SureScan implant has been approved for use on patients with heart failure. The “MRI” in the name of the device indicates that its sa...
Source: Medgadget - Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Tags: Cardiology Source Type: blogs
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Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today that it won pre-market approval from the FDA for its Claria MRI quad cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator for magnetic resonance imaging scans at both 1.5 and 3 Tesla. “The Claria MRI CRT-D is our latest innovation to help improve patients’ response to CRT, establishing a new level of personalized care,” heart failure GM Dr. David Steinhaus said in prepared remarks. “And it further expands our industry-leading MR-conditional portfolio of devices, which are helping to improve the lives of more patients throughout the world.” “Until now,...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Tags: Cardiovascular Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Cardiac Rhythm Management Medtronic Source Type: news
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Source: Cardiophile MD - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Cardiology MCQ DM / DNB Cardiology Entrance Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSION: Combining prolonged t-IVT and the conventionally used broad QRS duration has a significantly higher specificity in identifying patients likely to respond to CRT. Moreover, in AF patients, only prolonged t-IVT independently predicted CRT response. PMID: 25117854 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Source: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal - Category: Cardiology Tags: Scand Cardiovasc J Source Type: research
Biotronik said today that it launched its Itrevia MRI-safe quad cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator in Japan, part of a Japanese rollout of new devices for 2015. The device is equipped with home monitoring connectivity, as well as compatibility with up to 1.5 tesla MRI machines, the German medical device giant said. “As a producer of superior medical technologies, it is imperative for us to have a presence in the world’s leading technologies market. It also makes sense that the world’s biggest producer of ProMRI technology should have a strong presence in the country where MRI scanning is...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Surgical Biotronik Source Type: news
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