St. Jude Merlin@home Transmitter

On January 9, 2017 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a safety communication regarding a cybersecurity vulnerability of the St. Jude Merlin@home Transmitter.

St. Jude Medical has developed a software patch for the Merlin@home Transmitter to address this specific cybersecurity vulnerability and it has been validated by the FDA and the DHS. The patch, which was made available beginning January 9, 2017, will be applied automatically to the Merlin@home Transmitter. Patients and patient caregivers need to make sure their Merlin@home Transmitter remains plugged in and connected to the Merlin.net network to receive the patch. Practices can verify that an individual Merlin@home Transmitter has been upgraded at www.Merlin.net .

The communications from the FDA and the DHS raise many questions. The Society’s first priority is patient safety. HRS will provide updates to the Society's membership as more information becomes available.