Summary Box: Review of insulin pump hacking sought

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THE REQUEST: Two Democratic lawmakers want the Government Accountability Office to evaluate the government’s efforts to identify the risks of medical devices that use wireless communications technologies.

THE SPARK: They cited new research by a computer security expert who demonstrated that he could hack into an insulin pump he wears on his body and get it to respond to an unauthorized remote control.

THE DETAILS: The lawmakers say devices being pushed on patients need to operate together and must be safe, reliable and secure.