WannaCry Ransomware Holds Critical Data Hostage Worldwide, Including UK’s National Health Service and Russia’s Interior Ministry

Attack on computer systems worldwide highlights critical importance for hospitals and medical laboratories to regularly update IT infrastructure and software While Internet connectivity and automation are changing the landscape of both healthcare and diagnostic testing facilities, it is also creating new ways for things to go catastrophically wrong. The WannaCry ransomware attack on May 12th highlights the critical need for hospitals, medical practices, pathology groups, and clinical...

Cyber-Attacks against Internet-Enabled Medical Devices are New Threat to Clinical Pathology Laboratories

Veterans Administration and Hospitals Taking Steps to Prevent Hacking of Medical Devices and Wireless Systems Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups face a growing security threat to the integrity of their analyzers, laboratory information systems (LIS), and other devices used daily by their employees. This rapidly-developing threat comes from outside hackers who are launching cyber-attacks aimed at the various medical devices and wireless systems that are directly connected to...

Using the Web for Blood Utilization Reviews: Innovative Business Model Offered by a New Company

Here’s another use of the Internet to lower the cost of laboratory operations. Now hospital laboratories can have blood utilization reviews performed via a Web-based service. The goal of the new company is to provide laboratories with dramatically lower blood supply costs by providing hospital laboratory clients the information they need to improve blood transfusion services. David Jadwin, a pathologist at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, CA, recently launched a new business venture...
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