What’s the potential risk of using these devices?
Device failure is the biggest risk involved. If the device is highly relied on for its efficacy and fails, then there may be catastrophic results, especially for the active devices that administer a therapy to the patient.
There’s also the risk that patients will become too reliant on the device, without the proper healthcare provider supervision or guidance. Notifications on the devices to consult a healthcare professional for a second opinion can be helpful. However, as these devices become more reliable and self-diagnosing tools become more accurate, the risk of medical professionals getting cut out of the equation increases.
Aside from a life-and-death type failure, the biggest risk is to privacy. While the amount of data that will become available with wider usage of medical devices will help change what the medical community can do in terms of diagnostics and treatments, data security is a very hot topic at the moment.
However, people are highly aware of and working toward mitigating the risk of exposing sensitive data, and the technology is becoming more and more capable of protecting the data. Data encryption and storage is possible today, but it’s a matter of making sure the product developers are implementing these measures. Consumers need to begin pushing back on the developing companies to pressure them to include those protections.
Our team at Cypress is working on a next-gen update to our FRAM fail-safe storage solutions to build data-protection features into the memory itself, which we hope will encourage product developers and designers to incorporate secure features natively into their devices. Stay tuned for more on this in the near future.