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Computer Virus Forces Hospital To Divert Ambulances 213

McGruber writes "The Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper is reporting that a hospital with campuses in Lawrenceville and Duluth, Georgia turned ambulances away after the discovery of 'a system-wide computer virus that slowed patient registration and other operations.' They're only currently accepting patients with 'dire emergencies.' A spokeswoman for the hospital said the diversion happened because 'it's a trauma center and needs to be able to respond rapidly.' The situation began on Thursday afternoon and is expected to last through the weekend."
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Computer Virus Forces Hospital To Divert Ambulances

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  • by Billly Gates ( 198444 ) on Saturday December 10, 2011 @06:36PM (#38330276) Journal

    I did a contract with one last March which was upgrading to new state of the art medical billing system to be Obamacare compliant.

    Ran Windows 7? No. Windows XP Service pack 3 right? No. Windows XP SP 2 with IE 6?!

    Normally it is not an issue but with HIPPA it is very serious this irritated me. Someone can literally hold the hospital hostage if these medical records for tens of millions of dollars and they need at least a patched and still supported version of XP like corporate America does. The problem is custom medical software and custom devices for Xrays and MRIs use IE 6 still and are not certifed with XP SP 3 ... unless you give them $$$$ to buy all new epuipment over again. This is new software being developed in 2010 I may add requiring IE 6 and some software wont even run with SP 3 on XP. This means no security patches.

    It does not surprise me there are viruses on hospital computers as they can't be patched. WIth HIPPA you would think a hospital would always demand and use state of the art fully patched systems for security. But if were the medical records software company or make MRI machines I would be still requiring IE 6 too so I can then price gouch and double dip and charge3 another $400,000 in 2013 when support ends. I can make even MORE money. ... end rant

    The greed is incredible in the industry, but doctors can be the most and worst clients and users if you chat with anyone who supports them. THey feel supperior because they have those PHDs and make tons of money. Luckily I just helped install stuff and ignored the rest of the staff. As a result I.T. staff just never upgrade as they do not want to deal with these users at all

  • Re:Wait a second (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ColdWetDog ( 752185 ) on Saturday December 10, 2011 @06:46PM (#38330370) Homepage

    If the computer system shuts down and workflow speeds up then you know you have a problem.

I've noticed several design suggestions in your code.