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UL and IEEE collaborate on wireless diabetes monitoring standard

Steve Rogerson
August 29, 2017
Underwriters Laboratories and the IEEE have agreed to develop a consensus-based standard for wireless diabetes device security using the Standard for Wireless Diabetes Device Security (DTSec) provided by the Diabetes Technology Society (DTS).
A recent study by the DTS of 18 blood glucose monitoring systems (BGMSs) marketed in the USA across a wide range of blood glucose levels in the hands of trained professionals found that only six passed all its tests.
"The collaboration is a first for IEEE and UL and demonstrates a shared commitment to advance healthcare, bringing significant health benefits to patients in need, while also safeguarding their data and privacy," said Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director of the IEEE Standards Association. "As we move to more advanced technology being employed in medical devices, ensuring that they are developed with broad consensus on security-based standards is vital."
Phil Piqueira, vice-president at UL, added: "UL is pleased to partner with IEEE on this effort. With the support of Diabetes Technology Society, we are confident that the standard will assist in bringing safer diabetes devices to the public."
The DTS is a non-profit educational organisation dedicated to promoting development and use of technology for people with diabetes.
"Diabetes Technology Society is pleased to turn over DTSec to these two world class organisations, UL and IEEE, who will now co-manage the standard and broaden its scope," said David Klonoff, chair of the DTSec steering committee. “We look forward to collaborating with UL and IEEE as the standard evolves.”