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J Med Internet Res. 2019 Mar 19;21(3):e12568. doi: 10.2196/12568.

The Case for a Hippocratic Oath for Connected Medical Devices: Viewpoint.

Woods B#1,2,3, Coravos A#1,4,5,6, Corman JD#1,3,7,8.

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1
I Am The Cavalry, Washington, DC, United States.
2
Biohacking Village, New York, NY, United States.
3
Atlantic Council, Washington, DC, United States.
4
Elektra Labs, Boston, MA, United States.
5
Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science, Harvard University, Boston, MA, United States.
6
Digital Medicine (DiMe) Society, New York, NY, United States.
7
Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, United States.
8
PTC, Needham, MA, United States.
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Contributed equally

Abstract

Prior to graduating from medical school, soon-to-be physicians take the Hippocratic Oath, a symbolic declaration to provide care in the best interest of patients. As the medical community increasingly deploys connected devices to deliver patient care, a critical question emerges: should the manufacturers and adopters of these connected technologies be governed by the symbolic spirit of the Hippocratic Oath? In 2016, I Am The Cavalry, a grassroots initiative from the cybersecurity research community, published the first Hippocratic Oath for Connected Medical Devices (HOCMD), containing 5 principles. Over the past three years, the HOCMD has gained broad support and influenced regulatory policy. We introduce 5 case studies of the HOCMD in practice, illustrating how the 5 principles can lead to a safer and more effective adoption of connected medical technologies.

KEYWORDS:

connected devices; cybersecurity; delivery of health care; ethics; information technology

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