Should patients have the right to inspect and scrutinize the software that runs the implantable devices that keep them alive? Karen Sandler thinks so. Karen is a lawyer, executive director of the GNOME foundation, and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy patient who’s received an implantable defibrillator for primary prevention of sudden cardiac arrest.
In this talk, Karen explains how the FDA never reviews the source code that runs our ICDs and pacemakers and makes a case for free and open platforms for life-critical software.
“I don’t want to rely on one company for any part of my life. I don’t want to rely on Medtronic for my heart, and I don’t want to rely on any other company for any other thing. I want everybody to be able to see the source code. And I specially want to see the source code. We’re at a crossroads and it’s time to change.”
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