Think about it for a second: a single tech company, launched in 2004, is worth more than most makers of medicine. More than that, this single company has done as much to create very rich people as, basically, the entire medical device and drug industry.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning about the role of medical devices in compromising IT networks and patient data.
In its alert "Attack Surface: Healthcare and Public Health Sector," issued on May 4, DHS says medical devices that connect to IT networks may pose a threat to security.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took action May 9 as part of this collaboration by releasing proposed guidance encouraging manufacturers to consider the safety of children in the design of new X-ray imaging devices. The federal agency recommended equipment features that would alter the performance of X-ray imaging devices designed for general clinical use to address the specific requirements of younger patients.
From August 2005 and July 2006 respectively, all companies producing electrical and electronic products, components and sub assemblies have had to comply with two items of EC legislation: the Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and the Directive on the Restriction of Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment.
Biomedical engineering research and development has become so sophisticated over the past decade that the latest prosthetic technologies are providing amputees with unprecedented functionality and mobility.