Building solutions through collaboration to reduce risk in the U.S. biomedical device network
Welcome to MDISS

We are a collaborative and inclusive nonprofit professional organization committed to advancing quality health care with a focus on the safety and security of medical devices. We serve providers, payers, manufacturers, universities, government agencies, technology companies, individuals, patients, patient advocates and associations. Our mission is to protect public health and well-being by advancing computer risk management practices to ensure wide availability of innovative and safe medical devices.
“These [medical device] infections have the potential to greatly affect the world-class patient care that is expected by our customers. In addition to compromising data and the system, these incidents are also extremely costly to the VA in terms of time and money spent cleansing infected medical devices.” Roger Baker Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology Department of Veterans Affairs
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This document contains a framework for improving the safety and reliability of software and firmware in medical devices by using fuzzing. Fuzzing is a testing technique for locating unknown vulnerabilities and other defects by sending malformed and unexpected inputs to software.

(Tuesday, June 26, 2012)

MDISS in the news

Partnerships in Medical Device Trials Conference

MDISS Executive Director, Dr. Dale Nordenberg will be a featured speaker at this event. The Partnerships in Medical Device Trials Conference, is an extension of the Partnerships brand, and will take place June 2-4, 2014 in Chicago, IL

(Monday , June 02, 2014)

HIMSS Announces the 2013 mHealth Summit

MDISS encourages you to attend mHealth Summit! Please join MDISS for the two panels that we will be presenting at mHIMSS this year:

  • Market Driven Design and Adoption of Security for Medical Devices
  • Technical Foundations for Security of Mobile Medical Devices

(Friday , October 04, 2013)

Codenomicon joins MDISS to save lives from faulty medical devices

OULU, FINLAND and SARATOGA, CA, USA, June 26, 2012 -- Codenomicon, the leading vendor of proactive security testing software, has joined the Medical Device Innovation, Safety and Security Consortium (MDISS) to enhance the security in solutions and devices in the healthcare industry.

(Tuesday , June 26, 2012)

HIMSS Announces the 2012 mHealth Summit

CHICAGO (February 16, 2012) - The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announced today that the 2012 mHealth Summit will take place Dec. 3 -5 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington D.C.

(Sunday , February 12, 2012)

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Our consortium is focused on optimizing the relationship between the quality of health care and the process of assessing and ensuring that devices and systems are secure and functioning in a safe and efficacious manner.

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Healthcare news

  • Poor usability drives replacement patient portal market

    (Wednesday, May 27, 2015)

    Poor UX drives replacement portal market

    Lured by Meaningful Use incentive dollars, many healthcare organizations have found themselves implementing patient portal solutions based on criteria that didn’t take the patient experience into account. Instead, these practices and hospitals sought the lowest cost, easiest-to-implement solution without giving a thought to the larger implications of their portal choice.

    Patient Engagement
    Poor user experience drives replacement patient portal market
    It pays to keep patients happy, and many patient portal vendors aren’t cutting it. This is mostly the result of software vendors focusing solely on Meaningful Use requirements, but also has to do with companies not investing sufficient resources in research and development.
    Healthcare IT News

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  • How accountable is the care without behavioral health?

    (Wednesday, May 27, 2015)

    How accountable is the care?

    I could understand completely if many behavioral health providers and facilities feel like the proverbial red headed stepchild. All this energy and money poured into improving healthcare through comprehensive information technology (IT) systems and behavioral health is left holding an empty basket.

    Even with regard to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a concept that would seemingly require behavioral health incorporation, incentives are simply not there.

    Quality and Safety
    How accountable is the care without behavioral health?
    Continuity of care or accountability of care is unlikely without Medicare Shared Savings and Meaningful Use health IT incentives for mental and behavioral health providers.
    Healthcare IT News

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  • Hackers hit health system, swipe data on 220K

    (Wednesday, May 27, 2015)

    A two-hospital health system in Indiana is notifying 220,000 of its patients and employees that their protected health information and Social Security numbers have been compromised following a phishing attack. What's more, cyberattackers were able to swipe data unchecked for more than a year.

    Privacy & Security

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  • AHRQ aims to boost heart health

    (Wednesday, May 27, 2015)

    In what the government describes as the largest research grant ever from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today awards of $112 million to improve heart health across the country.

    The grants will go to regional cooperatives to work with about 5,000 primary care professionals in 12 states of their nearly eight million patients.


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