DHS: Medtronic devices implanted near spine are vulnerable to security issues — 5 notes

Spinal Tech

The Department of Homeland Security issued a vulnerability warning for Medtronic's N'Vision Clinician Programmer, a device used to program neurostimulator implants, Healthcare Analytics News reports.

Neurostimulator implants are inserted near the spine to treat chronic back pain through pulses.

Here's what you should know.

1. DHS said the N'Vision Clinician Programmer can be compromised with "low skill level."

2. The device's removable compact flash card contains unencrypted protected health information, creating a vulnerability issue.

3. Medtronic advises users to closely control the card and only use cards with official software that have been "legitimately obtained."

4. The security issue was scored 4.6 out of 10 — 10 being the most severe — based on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System.

5. DHS identified vulnerabilities with Phillips' Brilliance CT scanners and some of GE Healthcare's portable electrocardiogram devices earlier this month.

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