Encrypted security layers for device, patient security

Encrypted security layers for device, patient security

RefleXion Medical chooses MedCrypt to provide medical device security for first-to-market radiotherapy technology.

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Encinitas, California – MedCrypt is collaborating with RefleXion Medical where MedCrypt will cryptographically encrypt data communicated through RefleXion’s devices, offering a preventative and real-time approach to medical device security and patient safety.

“With any therapeutic device, there are security concerns around an attacker modifying the treatment parameters in a way that could result in mistreatment of the patient,” says Mike Kijewski, CEO and co-founder, MedCrypt. “One of the ways we’re addressing this concern for RefleXion is proactively signing and encrypting data entered into its system by the clinician, then verifying that signature immediately before treatment is delivered.”

MedCrypt and RefleXion’s integration arrives concurrently with the increase in cybersecurity threats to medical devices and numerous industries and products at large. Manufacturers of IoT devices must adhere to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recently updated guidelines on new device manufacturing. The issue remains that companies characterize medical device security as difficult to achieve as focus remains on other elements of manufacturing, such as production deadline, cost, and availability of services. Device manufacturers are now putting security at the forefront of development.


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By leveraging Positron Emission Tomography (PET), RefleXion's patented technology allows tumors to continuously signal their location and activity levels during the radiotherapy treatment. This enables the simultaneous treatment of tumors throughout the body as well as the ability to adapt dose in real-time to specific biological characteristics of the tumors themselves. MedCrypt’s software will ensure the treatment executed by the delivery device matches the treatment parameters entered into the system by a clinician.

“Oncology departments must focus efforts on helping their patients fight cancer instead of concerning themselves with the integrity of sensitive data,” says Todd Powell, CEO and president, RefleXion Medical. “At RefleXion, we’re committed to state-of-the-art technologies to treat cancer and proactively incorporating MedCrypt further solidifies our dedication to protecting patient information and lives from security vulnerabilities and cyberattacks.”

Elizabeth Modic is the editor of Today's Medical DevelopmentsAerospace Manufacturing and Design,and Today’s Motor Vehicles. She has written about design and manufacture for more than 20 years.