As far as I can tell, this lack of standards or even minimal ethics is uniform across all aspects of the health-care industry ... the most godawful pieces of poorly-assembled crap you could imagine, with parts that didn't fit properly and gimcrack straps holding things together...
Just around the corner, according to tech analysts, are refrigerators that alert families when they’ve run out of milk
Well, the article has lots of research not just quotes from people speculating. It's quite interesting, which is why I posted it.
NEVER EXPOSE MEDICAL DEVICES TO THE INTERNET, YOU FESTERING PILES OF WHALE EXCREMENT, I WON'T EVEN BUY THAT GARAGE DOOR OPENER THAT ADVERTISES AN IPHONE APP, WHAT IN THE HELL EVER MADE YOU THINK THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA
I think America's system of insurance practically guarantees rip-offs like this. Obviously ICDs and insulin pumps are more serious business, but it sounds like the standards are just as low. Make a killing with substandard junk, insurance pays, users never see the cost (except that we have by far the most expensive health care in the world).
There is of course one general solution; make certain human-critical devices physically incapable of operating outside their design parameters (c.f "hardware lock" on previous versions of the Therac-25).
Hasn't this been the quintessential "just around the corner" white elephant for about 20 years now?
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