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Mark Brager
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October 5, 2017

House Cybersecurity Bill Promotes Stakeholder Collaboration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) issued the following statement from President and CEO Scott Whitaker after introduction in the U.S. House of Representatives of legislation – “the Internet of Medical Things Resilience Partnership Act” – designed to promote cybersecurity of medical devices:

“Patient safety is paramount to our industry, and medical technology manufacturers take seriously the need to continuously assess the cybersecurity of their devices in a world where the risks, no matter how remote, evolve. 

“Manufacturers are proactive and diligent in their approach to cybersecurity, which is risk-based and occurs throughout the product lifecycle. However, along with many experts – including FDA – we believe management of potential cybersecurity threats is a ‘shared responsibility’ among all stakeholders, including manufacturers, hospitals, health care professionals, patients, regulators and IT developers.

“We commend Rep. Dave Trott (R-Mich.) and Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) for their leadership on this issue. This bill would promote collaboration among FDA, NIST and other affected stakeholders to continue to advance cybersecurity of networked medical devices. In addition, the legislation would lead to the identification of existing and developing cybersecurity standards, guidelines, frameworks and best practices.”