Tampa General Hospital is partnering with Philips, the global electronics company, to update its fleet of medical equipment, from imaging to vital sign monitors, in a new partnership.
The seven-year agreement will provide “millions of dollars worth” of new health care technology for the hospital, according to a press release. Tampa General, the region’s only Level 1 trauma center, plans to replace all of the bedside vital monitors with new equipment from Philips. The hospital has more than 1,000 patient beds on its Davis Islands campus.
Equipment in the catheterization and radiology departments will also get upgrades, the release said.
“This partnership allows us to stay on the leading edge of technology for many years to come, in a cost-effective way,” the Tampa General President and CEO John Couris said in a statement. “Tampa General’s vision is to become the safest and most innovative academic health system in America, and
Technologists conjure up images of the hospital of the future as a network of connected devices, automated systems and virtual visits. While all these innovations are important, Rita Khan said planning for the future of healthcare should go beyond technology alone.
“I think there are a lot of opportunities to step back and not just think about interesting technologies that can be applied,” she said at MedCity INVEST’s virtual conference. “I think care delivery itself will change significantly over the next 10 years.”
Khan was named Mayo Clinic’s first chief digital officer in December. Though Mayo Clinic was no slouch when it comes to technology, Khan was tasked with building solutions that lead to a better consumer experience.
For instance, she’s interested in remote patient monitoring and remote diagnostics. But more broadly, she sees an important opportunity to improve the patient experience and take a more holistic look at care,
It sounds like something out of a tragic Black Mirror episode: A woman seeking urgent care died this week after an apparently bungled ransomware attack took down a major hospital in Germany, thus forcing paramedics to rush her to another city for treatment, according to severaloutlets.
It appears to be the first case of someone dying as a result of a ransomware attack, albeit indirectly, and German authorities are investigating the unknown hackers on suspicion of negligent manslaughter, the Associated Press reports
Beginning Thursday night, the attack disrupted the IT systems at Duesseldorf University Clinic, crippling its ability to access data
Ransomware is known to have serious consequences, but one of the latest attacks might have been fatal. BBC News reports (via MIT Technology Review) that prosecutors in Cologne, Germany have launched a negligent homicide investigation after a Düsseldorf University Hospital patient died following a ransomware incident. The attack hampered emergency services on September 9th, forcing healthcare workers to send the patient to a hospital 19 miles away for vital treatment.
Local media claim the hackers were targeting a different university and didn’t mean to compromise the hospital. They reportedly provided the ransomware decryption key for free once they realized their mistake.
Whatever the intentions, this may have been an avoidable breach. The intruders exploited a known security flaw in Citrix’s VPN software, and Germany’s cybersecurity authority said it warned of the vulnerability in January. It’s nothing new for institutions to fall short on security, but this misstep appears to