Rice University researchers propose touch-to-access security for implanted devices
Pacemakers, insulin pumps, defibrillators and other implantable medical devices often have wireless capabilities that allow emergency workers to monitor patients. But these devices have a potential downside: They can be hacked.
Farinaz Koushanfar, left, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University, and graduate student Masoud Rostami have created a system to secure implantable medical devices like pacemakers and insulin pumps from wireless attacks.
Researchers at Rice University have come up with a secure way to dramatically cut the risk that an implanted medical device (IMD) could be altered remotely without authorization.
Their technology would use the patient’s own heartbeat as a kind of password that could only be accessed through touch.