Cyber Security in Medical Devices

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CNE: 0.60
    • CPH: 0.50
    • UNTHSC: 0.50
    • Physicians: 0.50
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Nov 1, 2017
  • Expires: Nov 1, 2019
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    30 Minutes
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Jay Radcliffe Jay Radcliffe
Senior Security Consultant and Researcher, Rapid7 LLC

Andrew  K.  Woods Andrew K. Woods, JD, PHD
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law

Patricia  J.  Zettler Patricia J. Zettler, JD
Associate Professor, Center for Law Health and Society, Georgia State University, College of Law

Needs Statement

Twenty-five million Americans rely on implantable medical devices, including pacemakers, defibrillators, insulin pumps, and deep brain stimulators for important, life-sustaining functions. As remote monitoring and remote adjustment of these devices become more prevalent, the security risk from incidental and malicious breaches grows. Despite occasional news coverage, vulnerabilities have received relatively little attention, awareness of potential vulnerabilities and consideration for the consequences resulting from incidental loss or theft of devices remains largely limited to computer security specialists. Presently, discussion of these ethical, legal, and social issues is notably absent from the full spectrum of relevant professionals and academics.

Target Audience

This activity was planned to address the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and public health professionals.


  • Describe what a medical device is and how it is classified.
  • Discuss possible risks to security in medical devices.
  • Identify who is responsible for keeping medical devices safe.




UNT Health Science Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16274. This activity is approved for 0.60 Contact Hours.


This activity is approved for 0.50 credit(s) accepted by the National Board of Public Health Examiners' Certified Public Health (CPH) recertification program.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies this activity for 0.50 hours of participation.


The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 0.50 hour of AOA Category 2B CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and Texas Christian University. The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has determined that this CME activity provides hours towards the Texas State Board of Medical Examiner's standard, annual ethics/professional responsibility requirement.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

IPE Competencies

  • Roles/ Responsibilities

Faculty Disclosure

Jerome Radcliffe has nothing to disclose. Particia J Zettler, JD has nothing to disclose. Andrew Woods, JD, PHD has nothing to disclose. The UNT Health Science Center INCEDO staff have nothing to disclose.


This activity is jointly provided by the University of North Texas Health Science Center and Texas Christian University.

Additional Information

Data collected as part of this activity may be analyzed as part of educational research to study the effectiveness of interventions. This project is included under UNTHSC IRB protocol #2017-056