According to authorities, a temporary facility serving as a COVID-19 hospital in Tetovo, North Macedonia, burned down last month due to a short-circuit of a cable connected to a defibrillator; 14 people were killed.
Here, Josephine Wolff, an assistant professor of cybersecurity policy at the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, examines the recent medical cybersecurity-related lawsuit and shares her thoughts on the subject.
The U.S. FDA has issued a Class I recall on Medtronic’s wireless insulin pump remote controllers. The FDA notified patients of the recall—the most serious type—because of problems with the devices that could cause serious injury or death.
From a medical cybersecurity perspective, it was a significant—albeit grim—milestone. The family of infant Nicko Silar filed a lawsuit against Mobile, Ala.-based Springhill Medical Center alleging that the three-week ransomware attack that took place at the hospital in July 2019 directly led to the child’s death. But is the hospital to blame?