It's a fact of life that bad things happen. There are people out there who don’t even know you, yet are looking to do you harm. Trust me, I know that all too well. And yes, I tend to be pretty paranoid and generally afraid. But I believe in taking necessary precautions and living life.
There is a lot of buzz in the media about pump hackers. Yes, the bottom line is that an insulin pump can be hacked. My laptop can also be hacked. It’s probably pretty unlikely that someone would want to hack into my boring little computer, but I still have precautions in place such as a secure network and firewalls to help keep me safe. The same thing goes for my pump. It’s pretty unlikely someone would want to waste their time giving me a bolus or suspending my pump, but if they did there are status screens and audible beeps on my Medtronic pump that would keep me safe and let me know someone was fiddling with my pump.
The bottom line is that I’m pretty sure hackers have larger targets in sight than me. I can’t say I’m all that worried about someone wasting their time and talent on my little insulin pump. What does scare me - a lot - is what this news and the panic it can create might do to my future treatment options. I wrote last month about my hopes of having my pump, meter, CGM and iPhone all connected and talking to each other. It doesn’t seem like a stretch for an engineer to be able to make this happen. What scares me is that the sensationalism surrounding this pump hacking story will cause the FDA to put the brakes on these kinds of advancements even more than they already have. And that threat of stagnation to diabetes technology? Well yes, that has me very afraid.