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An Internet-connected Heart
« on: January 27, 2018, 07:28:45 pm »
Here's an article by a 34-year-old guy who's pacemaker is monitoring him from inside his body.

He claims that the maker, Mediatronic, and the doctors get access to the data, but not him as the patient.

The guy's also worried about being messed with through the internet connection to his heart.

(Apparently former VP Cheney convinced his doctors to turn off his internet connection to prevent assassination attempts).

A thoughtful article -- www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/01/my-pacemaker-is-tracking-me-from-inside-my-body/551681/

One other fun fact. I've read from several sources that devices implanted in patients in the U.S. (eg, pacemakers, stents, artificial knees and hips) are essentially unregulated, that the US govt just takes the manufacturer's word that the devices are suitable and work as claimed. Amazing!


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Re: An Internet-connected Heart
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2018, 04:50:31 am »
*sigh*

I am not sure I like where this is going.
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Re: An Internet-connected Heart
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2018, 10:15:49 pm »
A wonderful, living-saving technology.... that is provided on terms solely dictated by the corporation.

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Re: An Internet-connected Heart
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2018, 07:01:18 am »
I'd be perfectly OK with a near-field radio technology that allowed specific sanctioned devices to access the heart's activity records.

Not Bluetooth, not RFID and not wi-fi. Proprietary and locked down to medical providers, and only within an examination facility or near a certified interface unit.

I also realize that's not where all of industry is going. Privacy is fucked.
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Re: An Internet-connected Heart
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2018, 06:32:43 pm »
Yeah, it's one thing when they connect your refrigerator to the internet. It's quite another thing when it's your heart, and it's a matter of life and death.

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Re: An Internet-connected Heart
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2018, 06:44:21 pm »
Yeah, it's one thing when they connect your refrigerator to the internet.

On Silicon Valley one of the guys hacks the Chinese guy's smart refrigerator.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/P3t4uvPpxy4" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/P3t4uvPpxy4</a>

I would expect that someone would hack my net connected pacemaker with an image of a mime simulating fellatio.  >:D
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Re: An Internet-connected Heart
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2018, 02:16:36 am »
lol
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Re: An Internet-connected Heart
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2018, 03:28:13 pm »
My sister has a pacemaker.  I'm not sure if that is the brand, but her doctors monitor her through the internet at different times.  It works well for her.  She has never been messed with through the internet.

She is lucky to be alive.  She's 75 and has had two heart attacks and a whole lot of other health problems.  That pacemaker alerts her doctors if her heart or blood pressure is to high and regulates it if that happens.  That is what she told me about it so I don't know a lot more about it, but going by that it is truly a blessing for people like her.

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Re: An Internet-connected Heart
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2018, 06:07:56 am »
Can you please kick my you know what? I need to start taking my health seriously.

I havent been at all.
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Re: An Internet-connected Heart
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2018, 09:08:06 pm »
Here's something shocking.... there is essentially NO REGULATION of parts that companies put into your body -- such as artificial knees, hips, pacemakers, etc.

It's "up to the company" to do any testing.  The U.S. government does NOT require clinical trials prior to implantation in patients.

I couldn't believe it!

www.amazon.com/Danger-Within-Us-Americas-Unregulated/dp/0316343765

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Re: An Internet-connected Heart
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2018, 04:56:49 pm »
We really have to depend on the doctors to stand behind what parts they're using.  I recently had new bone added into my jaw after a tooth infection that destroyed part of my jaw bone.  They used cadaver bone.  Its sterilized, but, yuk.  It does work well and its better than artificial bone.

I had the same type of bone to enforce my jaw like 10 years ago.  It worked well for me back then.  If I looked at what they did to me on the internet, I probably would've freaked.  Sometimes you have to trust your doctor to make the right choice.  His license is on the line.