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Biden got it right on the Right-to-repair conversation by excluding medical devices

In his October 5 commentary (Why the right-to-repair conversation needs to extend further), Lars Thording clearly lays out the challenges for the Right to Repair movement in healthcare as patient safety, cybersecurity, and the need to foster further health care innovation. However, the solution to these challenges should not be forcing the entire industry to …

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US healthcare system vulnerable to cyberattacks, leaving patients at risk

In May, Colonial Pipeline was hit with a ransomware attack on its computers that forced it to shut down its pipeline operations. It affected the fueling operations at multiple airports and caused many gas stations to run out of gas as consumers panicked. Ultimately, the company paid $5 million to the hackers to regain access …

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Lessons learned from failure of medical ‘right to repair’ bill

For over a decade, I’ve had the privilege of working alongside patients from all walks of life to advocate for better healthcare through the national non-profit organization I co-founded and lead, Patients Rising. As an organization committed to prioritizing patient access, affordability, and safety, we watched with alarm as state Legislatures across the country became the …

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U.S. PIRG’s “Right-to-Repair” position is Ill-considered and anti-patient

According to the U.S. PIRG, “Manufacturers of ventilators, dialysis machines and other critical medical devices routinely restrict access to essential repair materials. That leaves hospital repair technicians, commonly known as biomeds, without the tools they need to fix medical equipment as soon as it breaks. Instead, they have to wait days, weeks or even a …

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New Right To Repair Legislation Endangers California Patients

California state lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would severely undermine the quality and safety standards which ensure life-saving medical devices are properly serviced and maintained. Senate Bill 605, dubbed euphemistically as the “Medical Device Right to Repair Act,” passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 27, after winning approval from the Senate Health Committee earlier in …

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