American Diabetes Association Supports Cybersecurity for Health Devices


Michelle Kirkwood

Alexandria, Virginia
October 5, 2016

Johnson & Johnson notified patients yesterday of a possible security gap in the Animas One Touch Ping insulin pump. This pump utilizes an unencrypted radio frequency communication system to allow for the meter pump remote and the insulin pump features to communicate with each other in order to calculate and provide appropriate insulin doses. While the pump does not connect to the internet or any external network, it could potentially be vulnerable to unauthorized access from an external user via radio frequencies. As Johnson & Johnson noted, the probability of unauthorized access is extremely low.

As part of our commitment to cybersecurity, the American Diabetes Association has been an active participant in the Cybersecurity Steering Committee of the Diabetes Technology Society. The standards and guidelines for security of connected health devices can be found here:

Anyone who has questions regarding the Animas One Touch Ping insulin pump should contact Johnson & Johnson via email at or 1-877-937-7867.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)