UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

Docs use pen and paper after computers scrambled amid global outbreak

Source: UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

<<UK hospitals have effectively shut down and are turning away non-emergency patients after ransomware ransacked its networks.

Some 16 NHS organizations across Blighty – including several hospital trusts such as NHS Mid-Essex CCG and East and North Hertfordshire – have had their files scrambled by a variant of the WannaCrypt, aka WanaCrypt aka Wcry, nasty. Users are told to cough up $300 in Bitcoin to restore their documents.

Doctors have been reduced to using pen and paper, and closing A&E to non-critical patients, amid the tech blackout. Ambulances have been redirected to other hospitals, and operations canceled.>>

A suitable Disaster Recovery applying field-proven MPO methods are called for in case your IT is struck by fallout from the NSA vulnerabilities and tool-collection that have been dumped by hackers in the open after not being rewarded by solvent buyers.

The missing OPSEC in the US cyber-activities have taken their toll, and we are well advised to protect our systems, with a good measure of security for disaster recovery. If you feel you could do with a suitable DR and incident response plan, and are a NHS entity, call

+44.1617 38 1243 

or ask us for a risk- and cost free telephone audit by one of our executive directors, followed by a workshop and PoC on-site on demand. Our DR/IR solution can save valuable time after rogue patches, ransomware or all kind of nasty cyber-infections.



Tencent Injects US$70M in Health Service Community DXY to Tap China’s Red-hot Healthcare Industry

According to Technode, Tencent is investing in healthcare.  They are injecting US$70M in Health Service Community DXY to Tap China’s Red-hot Healthcare Industry. As it seems, China has been keen in adopting mobile individual healthcare services and Ting Ting, one of the largest Chinese healthcare community, has been successfully developing products and applications for their strong userbase.

The O2O services, which have a high impact in China anyways, are obviously where general practitioners and online audiences meet. Chinese customers use the services to improve their experiences.

China is quite a leading market for healthcare, due to demographical issues and for the obvious utility of such sercices. As Technode mentions:

“Mobile health app Chunyu just landed a landmark US$50 million series C round earlier this month. Internet health platform Kanchufang has received million-dollar level investment. Other startups engaged in this industry are mobile pharmaceutical platform Zhaoniya,and healthcare social platform The CareVoice.”

Appointment scheduling in the healthcare industry, a challenge and an opportunity

Diwakar Gupta and Brian Denton shed some light on the problem in and opportunities of scheduling in the healthcare sector.

“Appointment scheduling systems are used by primary and specialty care clinics to manage access to service providers, as well as by hospitals to schedule elective surgeries. Many factors affect the performance of appointment systems including arrival and service time variability, patient and provider preferences, available information technology and the experience level of the scheduling staff.

In addition, a critical bottleneck lies in the application of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IE/OR) techniques. The most common types of health care delivery systems are described in this article with particular attention on the factors that make appointment scheduling challenging. For each environment relevant decisions ranging from a set of rules that guide schedulers to real-time responses to deviations from plans are described. A road map of the state of the art in the design of appointment management systems is provided and future opportunities for novel applications of IE/OR models are identified.”

The authors position is, that “existing models in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics areas cannot be easily “tweaked” to fit the health care environment, and that this, in part, accounts for the lack of adoption of these models in the health care setting. In fact, new models are needed to address health-care-specific issues, such as the soft nature of capacity, the modeling of patient and provider preferences, the stochastic and dynamic nature of multi-priority demand and the need to recover from deviations. Moreover, different modes of organizing health services delivery, as well as technology-led changes in practice norms, provide new opportunities in the area of health services network design.”

Read the full paper here.

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