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First Internet-Connected Pacemaker Goes Live

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the jailbreak-your-heart dept.

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The Register is reporting that a New York woman has become the first person to have her pacemaker wirelessly connected to the internet for full-time monitoring. "The device contains a radio transmitter which connects to receiving equipment in New Yorker Carol Kasyjanski's home, using a very low-power signal around 400MHz, to report on the condition of her heart. Any problems are instantly reported to the doctor, and regular checkups can be done by remotely interrogating the home-based equipment — the pacemaker itself doesn't have an IP address, fun as that would be."

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Good thing there's no IP (4, Funny)

sadness203 (1539377) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013411)

I wonder what a DDoS would do to it ...

Re:Good thing there's no IP (5, Funny)

sdo1 (213835) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013449)

>I wonder what a DDoS would do to it ...

Blue face of death?

Re:Good thing there's no IP (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29013555)

LOL, if only I had mod points right now...

Re:Good thing there's no IP (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29013705)

Brings a whole new meaning to Ping of Death.

Niggers (You love that word just admit it) (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29013909)

In africa they were tribal stone-age primitives when the white man found them (FACT). they can't handle civilization beyond tribal units so they turn destructive. thats why they have the lowest income, highest crime rates, lowest test scores, and highest rates of births out of wedlock (FACT). racism just dont explain that. i can hate your race but that does not force you to commit crimes or to have bastard children (FACT). they dont act like equals but they wanna be treated like equals (FACT). they dont even want to speak proper english and instead speak a kind of pidgin or broken english indicative of a low intellect (FACT).

reminds me of that saying, if my great-granddad knew things would turn out this way he'd have picked his own cotton.

now go mod me down instead of telling me why this is wrong. thats all you can do when you know its the truth.

Re:Niggers (You love that word just admit it) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29014033)

If you want to talk about Africa you're welcome to submit a story and if it hits the front page we'll all stop by and discuss this like civilized human beings. This story is about pacemakers.

Re:Niggers (You love that word just admit it) (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29014817)

If you want to talk about Africa you're welcome to submit a story and if it hits the front page we'll all stop by and discuss this like civilized human beings. This story is about pacemakers.

you and me both know that no honest dialog about race and the shortcomings of blacks in america when compared to any other minority particularly asians is ever going to hit the front page. it will be censored and suppressed. because of that i mention it where i can. nice try, suggesting a totally unrealistic alternative as though it was a real choice.

you know what i wanna see? i wanna see black people stop acting like their own worst enemies. i want to see them take care of their own internal problems, stop glorifying violence against women and the use of drugs, reject thug culture, stop telling each other that getting an education is "acting white", stop having children they don't intend to parent (particularly the fathers), start speaking proper English. then and only then would it make sense to concern ourselves with what little racism still remains in this society. if i hated black people i would want them to stay just the way they are. think about that, you knee-jerk PC types.

the only minority that is going down the same path as the blacks are the so-called "latinos". that is mostly because they are adopting the same fatherless thug-worshipping gangsta culture as mainstream blacks.

Re:Niggers (You love that word just admit it) (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29014845)

Please don't feed the trolls.

Re:Niggers (You love that word just admit it) (1, Funny)

Shads (4567) | more than 4 years ago | (#29015485)

Correlation does not imply causation. If it did you'd be an inbred racist hick who jumps to conclusions about statistics when they know nothing about how statistical analysis works.

oh wait.. never mind.

Re:Good thing there's no IP Ping a BUNCH of these (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 4 years ago | (#29014315)

and you end up with a Pack-it (in) Storm.

I wonder if extreme latency, though will give longer TTL (time to live) for those shooting pics with TTL (thru the lens).

In any case, a barrage of packets would heap on "layers" of love.

Re:Good thing there's no IP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29014853)

When I clicked the story link, I was expecting a laugh, but you have exceeded my expectations :)

Re:Good thing there's no IP (2, Funny)

davester666 (731373) | more than 4 years ago | (#29014379)

Does it have a web site? Is there a web page with a button you need to push to make the guys heart beat?

Re:Good thing there's no IP (1)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 4 years ago | (#29015245)

I know you're joking, but this thing is only acting as a data feed to a computer. It has no receiver. It can't be controlled remotely or interacted with at all. The worst that would happen is the computer might crash and stop providing data to the medical center.

no IP address? (0, Redundant)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013421)

Crap! It doesn't have an IP address. There go my plans to launch a DDOS attack on it.

Re:no IP address? (5, Funny)

roseblood (631824) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013919)

Recipient of said device breathes a sigh of relief when he discovers his heart won't be slashdotted.

Misleading title (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 4 years ago | (#29014337)

So, this is NOT the first internet-connected pacemaker after all?

Maybe next time.

Well, at least we know why the IPv6 address space is so huge.

Re:no IP address? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29015671)

But it does have a MAC address, right?

I hope that's a one way connection (4, Funny)

basementman (1475159) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013429)

Otherwise that lady is going to be in for quite the surprise when the pacemaker starts looking at youporn.

Re:I hope that's a one way connection (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29013591)

According to the article (yeah, who ever reads those?!), it can be remotely accessed. Hope they used some pretty damn tough encryption... having her heart beat to the rhythm of a few different death metal songs might make her think twice about getting an internet-enabled pacemaker.

Re:I hope that's a one way connection (1)

hypergreatthing (254983) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013657)

I swear, my pacemaker started downloading kitty porn! It wasn't me!

Re:I hope that's a one way connection (1)

fulldecent (598482) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013867)

>> I swear, my pacemaker started downloading kitty porn! It wasn't me!

While phonetically similar, I doubt that has been the subject of recent prosecution.

Re:I hope that's a one way connection (2, Funny)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#29014107)

I got the lolcat caption all ready here, but what picture for the background?

I can haz cheezburgers. Eat lotz and lotz of greezy cheezeburgers for years and years. Then I needz uh internet connected pacemakerz.

Sorry for the lolcat, but I had to do it.

First Person with Internet-Connected Pacemaker (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29013457)

Goes Dead. DDOS (Distributed Death of Someone) suspected.

Yes, but... (5, Funny)

Haxzaw (1502841) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013459)

Does it run Linux?

Re:Yes, but... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29013677)

Does it run Linux?

It does. When she sleeps, it downloads updates and reboots when she takes a shit.

On rare occasions when there's a kernel panic, she'll stop and and stand still while her eyes glaze over until the system reboots.

They switched to Linux when the windows version kept crashing and killing folks: the blue person of death. When the device moved to Vista, they had to open some folks up to add more memory.

Some folks have Apple pacemakers with defibrillators. Many wanted one or another but Apple being Apple, only sold that one device. The there was the MacPacemaker Pro. It was Titanium and looked great. Some folks even had a transparent cover for their heart so others could see their Apple pacemaker. Insurance won't pay for an Apple pacemaker because the Linux one works just as well.

It's gonna be bad.... (4, Funny)

nine-times (778537) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013509)

Now that Slashdot knows about it, it's only a matter of time before someone starts trying to hack these things. Countdown: Someone here installs Linux and runs a NES emulator on his own pacemaker in 3....2....

Re:It's gonna be bad.... (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013571)

Countdown: Someone here installs Linux and runs a NES emulator on his own pacemaker in 3....2....

It'd give you an extra incentive not to die in the video game if that death was going to be translated into your pacemaker malfunctioning ;) Who knew that Bowser [wikipedia.org] has powers in the real world.

Re:It's gonna be bad.... (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 4 years ago | (#29014969)

Now that Slashdot knows about it, it's only a matter of time before someone starts trying to hack these things. Countdown: Someone here installs Linux and runs a NES emulator on his own pacemaker in 3....2....

Someone reported a while back that Dick Cheney had a bluetooth-enabled pacemaker. It would seem unlikely that nobody would have tried to fuzz that - maybe they're fairly secure these days.

Re:It's gonna be bad.... (1)

martas (1439879) | more than 4 years ago | (#29015143)

"oops, we forgot to check array bounds in one place... here come the buffer overflow attacks!"

Brave New World: Get an Internet Pace Maker (3, Insightful)

HydraSwitch (184123) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013523)

Would you want one with an IP address?
Not me, thank you.

Re:Brave New World: Get an Internet Pace Maker (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29014365)

Would you want one with an IP address?
Not me, thank you.

I don't want one of those crummy IPv4 addresses. It's IPv6 or nothing.

Side note (2, Funny)

muyla (1429487) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013547)

On a side note, the pacemaker owner was recomended not to play multimedia content from youtube in his equipment so the battery lasts longer.

dead (4, Funny)

HerrBohm (1573893) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013575)

ping pacemaker
4 packets transmitted, 0 received, 100% packet loss, time 3609ms

meaning she is gone...

How Will We Reach Ray Kurzweil's "Singularity" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29013595)

When we occasionally take two steps backward in biotech?

Here's an idea (4, Funny)

ExE122 (954104) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013667)

Why not just tap it into Twitter and utilize an existing system that's stable, easily accessible, and highly availabile? Not to mention you could keep your friends in the loop!

Re:Here's an idea (5, Funny)

powerlord (28156) | more than 4 years ago | (#29014029)

I don't know ... I mean ... what could possibly go wrong with connecting a pacemaker to Twitter and a live internet connection?

...
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:30:21: I'm regulating my heart.
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:31:21: I'm regulating my heart.
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:32:21: I'm regulating my heart.
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:33:21: I'm regulating my heart.
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:34:21: I'm regulating my heart.
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:35:21: I'm regulating my heart.
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:32:21: Incoming update detected ...
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:35:21: Switching to Mambo beat!!!!
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:35:31: I'm regulating my p0wned!!1!! heart.
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:36:31: I'm regulating my p0wned!!1!! heart.
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:36:21: Incoming update detected ...
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:37:31: I'm regulating my p0wned!!1!! heart. ANONYMOUS RULES!!!
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:37:41: Incoming update detected ...
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:38:33: I'm regulating my p0wned!!1!! heart. Marry me J-LO!
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:38:35: Incoming update detected ...
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:39:21: I'm regulating my p0wned!!1!! heart. BEWARE THE LIDS OF MARCH!
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:39:31: Cardiac arrest detected ... initiating EMS protocol.
1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:39:31: Incoming update detected ... ...

Re:Here's an idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29015683)

1stP4ce 2009-Aug-08 11:39:32: 140M DETH

Here's hoping.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29013711)

Here's hoping that thing doesn't run windoze.

RIAA (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29013751)

God forbid she downloads copyrighted material and the RIAA have her internet connection terminated...

All your pacemaker... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29013761)

...are belong to us.

Seriously, though...are we just one step away from remote-controlled heartplugs [youtube.com] ? Dune fans...er...rejoice?

Warning: mild gore in link.

regular checkups? (3, Interesting)

ksheff (2406) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013833)

That's assuming that someone sets up a scheduler to actually do these checkups. When my Dad has his pacemaker put in, he was supposed to go back to the hospital every few months to have the data the device was collecting downloaded and the battery checked. He had it for at least a year or two and it was never checked. Someone at the hospital forgot to enter it into a database. He had a checkup with his cardiologist during that time too and the doctor never asked about it.

Re:regular checkups? (1)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 4 years ago | (#29014791)

That's assuming that someone sets up a scheduler to actually do these checkups. When my Dad has his pacemaker put in, he was supposed to go back to the hospital every few months to have the data the device was collecting downloaded...

In this case, it sounds like the patient requires continuous monitoring, like you'd get in the ICU. Note that it's not just connecting to the nearest unlocked router -- there's application-specific equipment at her house. This has got to be a ton cheaper than the ICU (or at least it will be when fully rolled out).

In response to all the DDOS jokes -- I can't imagine a device like this *ever* being on the public side of a network connection. Grandma may not understand the need for a firewall between her PC and the Russian hackers, but you can damn well bet she'll want something between them and her freakin' HEART. Now, when our generation gets to "a certain age" (which I'm closer to than y'all, having passed 40)... maybe we'll be more willing to crowdsource our heart rhythm.

There must be something I'm missing (3, Interesting)

dachshund (300733) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013881)

This is by no means the first "wirelessly-monitored" pacemaker. Pacemakers and ICDs have been linked to home monitoring equipment for several years, and that equipment routinely communicates with a central monitoring station (usually via a modem).

Now, if the pacemaker itself was doing the communicating directly (say over any Wifi or cellular network) that would be pretty amazing. But they point out that the pacemaker doesn't have an IP address, and it's only communicating with equipment in the patient's home. That sounds a lot like existing technology, except perhaps that the final link (home monitoring device -> monitoring station) is being performed via IP rather than a phone line. That's nice, but certainly not very exciting. And why does it require a whole new pacemaker to make this upgrade?

Clearly there's something to this article that I'm not seeing...

Re:There must be something I'm missing (1)

jjeffries (17675) | more than 4 years ago | (#29014259)

> Clearly there's something to this article that I'm not seeing...

Did you see the bit about it being ON THE INTERNETS? There's the difference! When you put something ON THE INTERNETS it becomes more than just the sum of its parts, it becomes a new, unique, and patentable thing; a technological piece de resistance of intellectual property!

Re:There must be something I'm missing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29014427)

Current pacemakers communicate wirelessly over very short distances. If you can have a constant link untethered then it's a whole different story.

Re:There must be something I'm missing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29014501)

Actually, having just had my contract end at the place where these devices are developed, I can confirm that you are correct. The main difference here is that the device can communicate with the monitoring station or other hand held monitoring devices via RF instead of needing to go to the monitoring station and physically place an induction wand over the implant sight. This means that certain data can be collected and uploaded to the system server (where more processing takes place) while the patients sleeps. It is a step in the right direction, but you are correct in that this article really misrepresents what is going on. It is definitely not connected to the internet (only the bedside monitoring station is).

Re:There must be something I'm missing (1)

John.P.Jones (601028) | more than 4 years ago | (#29014701)

It would be interesting if they put the monitoring equipment in a cell phone, then even though the device has a short range it could be continuously monitored from anywhere not just the house, as long as the lady had her phone with her.

Re:There must be something I'm missing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29015247)

Biotronik has been doing this for some time now.

Re:There must be something I'm missing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29014717)

It uses the rf spectrum. Older models use magnetic telemetry. So while both are "wireless" in that there is not a wire connecting the pacemaker and monitoring system, this new model has a range measured in feet while the older models require a "wand" to rest on the patient's chest, above the implant.

4chan (3, Funny)

hoggoth (414195) | more than 4 years ago | (#29013987)

Thousands of 4channers suddenly stop what they were doing and in unison spit out, 'WHAT just got connected to the Internet?' as smiles spreads across their faces. ... maybe this isn't such a good idea...

"Fatal error" jokes aside... (5, Informative)

dazedNconfuzed (154242) | more than 4 years ago | (#29014041)

As someone fitted with a pacemaker of late, having means to often update the doc with performance data would be nice - if not downright life-saving.

With current technology, I have to go in for my "tuneup" every six months. It does involve a wireless interface, and there is an impressive amount of data dumped. A great many parameters can be changed with ease by a trained technician. When we determined that my natural resting heartrate was under 60bpm, reprogramming that to a minimum of 50bpm was trivial.

Transmitting ongoing data to the doc would be convenient, making it easy to email "hey, something funny happened today, please look into it" without having to wait until a scheduled appointment involving a not-always-available technician. Being able to transmit critical event as they occur is also very desirable - duh; my Medical Alert necklace may direct medics to call my cardiologist, who would be much more effective if he already had incident data.

Of course the real problem is remote control. Informing the doc of ongoing/critical data is one thing; allowing access to make remote updates is a different issue. Making the unit such that remote changes are impossible is, of course, possible. However, if ANY change will be made to such a critical device, then it should be done IN A DOCTOR'S OFFICE. One of my diagnostic routines is dropping my heart rate to 40bpm - harmless if done right, lethal if screwed up.

Of course the real concern to most /. readers is the LOLFAIL headline. "Hey, watch out for a DDOS on your pacemaker! Ha ha ha!" Nothing wins a lot of reads like a headline making some technical advancement sound really dumb. Funny how so many readers of a high-tech news source treat high-tech advancements like Luddites.

Re:"Fatal error" jokes aside... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29014143)

Funny how so many readers of a high-tech news source treat high-tech advancements like Luddites.

It could be a simple matter of we can see where this could go horribly wrong.

Re:"Fatal error" jokes aside... (2, Insightful)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#29014375)

When something impressive comes along, most /. readers are simply quick to point out vulnerabilities, that's all.

Like you said, Remote logging of activity - incredibly useful, right?

Remote control, for example, is simply one of the largest hazards.

It doesn't have an IP address - because its just broadcasting, but that could mean it has an SSID on that particular wave - which means that perhaps anyone can access the data. Is it encrypted? Does it contain personal information?

The internet itself isn't a secure place, and wireless makes it less secure from a physical standpoint, so its just easy for people to line up jokes about things going wrong: It's in an enviroment where it's possible and likely.

Re:"Fatal error" jokes aside... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29014455)

I disagree with yur last statement for 2 reasons.

The first being that technology for technologies sake is to some degree dumb. It is just common sense to not replace your prefectly fine heart with an artificial one simply because you can (at least not yet).

If there's any concern with ones safety due to an electronic attack on the device then it could be more dangerous to have the one with the new fangled internet connection then an older one without. Murder happens and sometimes without appearent instigation from the victim.

Secondly, this is entertainment. This is not a national security or even international security board or anything like that. we all come here for a laugh or enlightenment. I highly doubt that anyone would like to watch someone die because of a new way to remotely hack a pacemaker.

No need for the anger, man.

Re:"Fatal error" jokes aside... (2, Funny)

martas (1439879) | more than 4 years ago | (#29015189)

Nothing wins a lot of reads like a headline making some technical advancement sound really dumb. Funny how so many readers of a high-tech news source treat high-tech advancements like Luddites.

have you ever read /. before? that's pretty much what we do here. that and welcoming various overlords.

Re:"Fatal error" jokes aside... (1)

DavidTC (10147) | more than 4 years ago | (#29015663)

You know, all this monitoring stuff is crap.

Wake me up when they invent a way to charge my damn pacemaker so they don't have to replace it every six years or so.

No IP Yet ... But Next Version Who Knows? (3, Informative)

Ron Bennett (14590) | more than 4 years ago | (#29014121)

Article indicates the pacemaker doesn't have an IP address, and only connects via 402-405 MHz radio link.

However, it's nearly inevitable that a later version of it and/or those of another pacemaker manufacturer will have its own IP.

Those with access to a large bot net could easily scan for pacemaker software and then target all or, more likely, a specific person(s) to remotely sabotage their pacemaker, possibly resulting in death...

Most killers won't go to such extremes, since there are numerous easier, less traceable ways of killing. But for people in prison, remote killing has its appeal ... in particular, to target judges and prosecutors, who, due to age / stress along with access to top quality medical care, often have pacemakers.

To digress somewhat, there are already numerous horror stories of people's on-line medical records getting mixed up / corrupted due to identity theives who seek care under someone elses name - and to make matters worse, ID victims generally do NOT have the right to see that extraneous data nor have it removed. So I'm highly skeptical of the security of on-line medical devices when even on-line medical records aren't as secure as they should be.

Ron

Re:No IP Yet ... But Next Version Who Knows? (1)

mcrbids (148650) | more than 4 years ago | (#29015549)

Article indicates the pacemaker doesn't have an IP address, and only connects via 402-405 MHz radio link.

As does the summary...

However, it's nearly inevitable that a later version of it and/or those of another pacemaker manufacturer will have its own IP.

Why? Because it'd be cool to do so?

Those with access to a large bot net could easily scan for pacemaker software and then target all or, more likely, a specific person(s) to remotely sabotage their pacemaker, possibly resulting in death...

Making a good reason NOT to do "the inevitable"... Adding something like an IP address to life-sensitive equipment isn't "inevitable" for the very reasons you claim. As a group, doctors aren't idiots, you know, nor are the programmers who write/create medical equipment.

Any medical technology is released very conservatively. How long has it been feasible to access information over IP? A decade? And yet, this is the first use of IP to transmit medical pacemaker MONITORING info. No amount of hacking, DDOS, or Pranknet stunts would result in this person dying since there's nothing in the system that would allow them to do so.

Just because you WANT an IP address (or something usable as such) in so many cases in no way makes it inevitable that every possible device will get one! I, for one, would specifically NOT want my pacemaker to have an IP address.

This even though I *would* like some kind of video display implanted into my brain as a "6th sense" so that I could hook up a backpack PC/browser thereto - notice that even in this case, I don't want any kind of direct access to my brain, but rather just a screen/kb equivalent that I can connect to a computer of my choosing...

Mashup! (1)

hoggoth (414195) | more than 4 years ago | (#29014221)

I'm totally doing a mashup so the Internet can watch Carol Kasyjanski's heartbeat and music to go with it.

We don't need an IP, we are /. ! (2, Funny)

burni (930725) | more than 4 years ago | (#29014309)

Doesn't matter just try out some of the 2^32 minus reserved addresses

all /.ers Christian Name starting with an "A" take the 0.5*2^30 upper addresses and ...

Thank good they haven't postet the IP on /.

I suppose you don't even need a computer network of brainless bots to DDOS a computer,
slashdot + us the faster than light clicking slashdot-crauts would fullfill the task, twice as good as any botnet can do,

btw. "Police: Man blamed child porn on cat"

haha next time he can blame his hacked pacemaker for doing so, it will also be very complicated to confiscate this evidence.

and here it comes the DomainName for the Pacemaker

http://pacemaker.chicagohope.md/ [chicagohope.md]

Next its going to be breast implants with Internet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29014491)

Oh the possibilities!! Uploading how many times the breast implants are played with, so on and so forth. Now that's good science.

How long before... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29014707)

Every poker player in the world will be carrying a portable detector for these kinds of pace makers. Suddenly detecting bluffs got a whole lot easier. (I see a potential market for devices that spoof the pacemaker signals though).

Nothing new about this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29015155)

This is definitely not the first product to be doing this (see BostonScientific/Latitude System or Medtronic/CareLink).

Also - you will never see devices with their own IPs - it doesn't make any sense.

Aside from all the jokes (2, Interesting)

east coast (590680) | more than 4 years ago | (#29015253)

I think this is great.

It brings me to my own situation: I recently got a CPAP machine with a smartcard for data storage. Unfortunately the card reader is about 130 dollars online and it requires a proprietary software. If my MD wants to see the data he needs for me to remove the card and send it in.

Wouldn't it be great to have these kinds of home devices just "phone it in"? Real data that my MD can look over at his discretion as well as having a copy of it available to me for my own edification. It could be set up to red flag certain data that, because it could be detected as it happens, could prevent minor issues from becoming major issues. This is the kind of technology that is cheap to employ, automated systems could look for abnormalities and could lead to saving lives as well as curbing the cost of health care by making sure that small issues don't become major issues.

More and more people are doing home monitoring of medical conditions without being able to make sense of all the data. This is a great resource and one I can agree to using stimulus money for to take to the next level.

Getting my own pacemaker checked (1)

InterGuru (50986) | more than 4 years ago | (#29015313)

Every six months my pacemaker is checked. Part of the test is to speed and slow down the pacemaker and my heart for a short time.

It is a truly a scary and heartfelt experience.

Mhm... smells fishy (1)

alexborges (313924) | more than 4 years ago | (#29015353)

" the pacemaker itself doesn't have an IP address, fun as that would be."

Cant be done.

You cant have a tcp connection without a source IP.

Now maybe the IP is forcefully dynamic and always within the private ranges.... buts thats another thing. K?

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