Free Software on Medical Devices: Unchain My Heart

Karen Sandler (GNOME Foundation)
Health
Location: F151
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When Karen discovered she had a potentially life threatening heart condition, the last thing she expected was to come up against proprietary software. Now, with a heart device implanted in her body, she and Software Freedom Law Center have been working to show how free and open source software is essential on implantable medical devices. In this talk, Karen discusses her professional and personal view of the issues.

The government, medical device companies and doctors have a duty to ensure safety in implantable devices. Free software on these devices is a necessity. Karen will discuss the current regulatory oversight of implantable medical devices, the recent state of software and software failures on these devices, and explore why patients, doctors and the public should insist that free and open source software be the standard approach.

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Karen Sandler

GNOME Foundation

Karen M. Sandler is the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. Prior to joining GNOME, she was General Counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center. Karen continues to do pro bono legal work with SFLC and serves as an officer of both the Software Freedom Conservancy and SFLC. Before joining SFLC, she worked as an associate in the corporate departments of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York and Clifford Chance in New York and London. Karen received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 2000, where she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. Karen received her bachelor’s degree in engineering from The Cooper Union.

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