What goes up must come down. As healthcare processes have become more and more automated and healthcare organizations transferred to electronic health records to simplify patient data management, a new set of challenges has emerged. Security of electronic patient data is one, mainly due to HIPAA and other governmental regulations. Healthcare information system (HCIS) reliability is another challenge.
As you know, the “WannaCry” ransomware attack has impacted hundreds of thousands computers with Microsoft operating systems in more than 150 countries around the globe. Several hospital networks in the UK and other countries were included in the attack. We hope your hospital was not one of them.
By Brian Main, Lead Developer
As software developers, we’re always working on enhancing our technology. We aim to progress our solutions’ functionality to the leading edge rather than just keeping it up-to-date with the current trends. Applications are typically developed based on the latest operating systems and servers (currently Windows 2016), however the OS that our customers have installed and use can be older, such as Windows 2008 or even Windows 2003. We even have a couple of customer sites still using Windows 2000.
Ransomware has been in the news a lot in recent weeks following attacks on businesses (less-publicized) and hospitals (Kentucky, Three Hospitals, CA Hospital, etc.). As a service to the healthcare community, we are providing a centralized resource for information on the issue, as well as links to pro-active and reactive remediation.
Downtime Patient Verification (DPV) works with our NetSafe business continuance product, which ensures that the latest patient information is available in the event of an HCIS downtime or a system failure. Using that information, DPV can generate and print bar-coded patient ID wristbands which can then be scanned against that patient’s paperwork for a correct match.