PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), a global medical device company, today issued the following statement: We have examined the allegations made by Capital and MedSec on August 25, 2016 regarding the safety and security of our pacemakers and defibrillators, and while we would have preferred the opportunity to review a detailed account of the information, based on available information, we conclude that the report is false and misleading. Our top priority is to reassure our patients, caregivers and physicians that our devices are secure and to ensure ongoing access to the proven clinical benefits of remote monitoring. St. Jude Medical stands behind the security and safety of our devices as confirmed by independent third parties and supported through our regulatory submissions.
Remote monitoring is a safe and effective means for patients to communicate with their physician. It has been well documented in leading publications that remote monitoring saves lives. At St. Jude Medical, we work with third-party experts, researchers, government agencies and regulators in cybersecurity to develop appropriate safeguards for our data and devices as part of our product development process and life cycle. These experts assist in designing security controls from the early stages of product design through final release and ongoing product enhancements, including software updates and security patches for our products. We also conduct regular risk assessments based on FDA guidance and perform penetration tests using internal and external experts. In addition, we collaborate with industry and governmental organizations to gain insight on recent trends and take appropriate action.