The members of Congress specifically asked what the FCC is doing to ensure that such wireless-enabled technology is safe, reliable, secure, and do not cause harmful interference.
Their concerns were spurred, according to a statement accompanying the letter to the GAO, by a published report of a computer analyst who reprogrammed his insulin pump to respond to commands from a remote control. The computer specialist described his ability to remotely control his insulin pump at an August digital security conference to illustrate the lack of anti-hacking protections in many wireless medical devices, according to published reports.
“In bringing forward innovative wireless technologies and devices for healthcare, it's critical that these devices are able to operate together and with other hospital equipment, and not interfere with each other's activities and data transmissions,” wrote the members of Congress. “It's also important that such devices operate in a safe, reliable, and secure manner.”