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Researchers Hope This Invention Could Wave Away Medical Data Hacks
National Public Radio

Doctors’ scrawls on prescription pads and medical folders are so analog.

These days, they’re prescribing and keeping track of patients’ records using digital devices connected to wireless networks, sometimes remotely. More medical devices are also becoming increasingly small and wearable; they often connect with a handheld controller or even your smartphone through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, sometimes sending the data directly to physicians.

This convenience, accessibility and cost reduction for our health care comes with risks. A few keystrokes could end in a wrong treatment, for instance — in 2007, Dick Cheney’s cardiologist disabled the wireless functionality of the former vice president’s heart defibrillator out of safety concerns.