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WannaCrypt NHS victim Lanarkshire infected by malware again

One of the UK National Health Service boards hit by WannaCrypt earlier this year has again been infected by malware. The Lanarkshire board manages the Hairmyres Hospital, Monklands Hospital, and Wishaw General Hospital in Scotland, and on Friday had to warn patients that it was only handling emergency cases. Lanarkshire was …
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Pssst... wanna participate in a Google DeepMind AI pilot? Be careful

Imagine you’re in charge of technology and data for part of the UK’s chronically cash-squeezed National Health Service. A world-famous technology firm offers you a cool new service, either free or for very little money. All it wants in return is access to the patient data that will make the service work. What are you going to do …
SA Mathieson, 23 Aug 2017
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Nosey ex-NHS staffer slapped with fine for illegally peeking at medical records

A former midwifery assistant from Essex has been fined £1,715 for unlawfully accessing and sharing patients’ medical records. Brioney Woolfe pleaded guilty to the offences, which took place between December 2014 and May 2016, at Colchester Magistrate’s Court. The UK’s data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioner, …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Aug 2017
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NHS trusts splashed £260m on PCs in last four years

In the last four years, NHS Trusts have spent £260m on 401,084 new PCs, at an average cost of £650.54 a box, according to Freedom of Information responses. More than 100 NHS trusts splashed £34m on new PCs in the first half of 2017 alone, according to an analysis of the data. However, despite splashing cash on new computers …
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2017

WannaCry prompts promise of extra cash towards NHS security

The NHS is to get a funding boost for cybersecurity measures, while the UK government has promised patients a digital service that lets them see who's accessed their health records. The commitments are part of its response to two reviews into patient data – one from the National Data Guardian for health and care, Fiona …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Jul 2017
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UK Parliament launches inquiry into NHS WannaCrypt outbreak

UK Parliamentary spending watchdogs at the National Audit Office have launched an inquiry into the impact of the recent WannaCrypt ransomware attack on the NHS. Although not aimed specifically at the NHS, the ransomware nonetheless spread across hospital networks, leaving medical staff unable to access patient data, forcing …
John Leyden, 5 Jul 2017
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Google DeepMind trial failed to comply with data protection – ICO

The Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust failed to comply with the UK's Data Protection Act when it provided 1.6 million patient details to Google's DeepMind, the Information Commissioner's Office said today. The trust provided the personal data as part of a trial to test an alert, diagnosis and detection system for acute kidney …
Kat Hall, 3 Jul 2017

Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

Special report A quiet revolution has been rumbling in Leeds, in the north of England. It may not seem revolutionary: a gathering of software developers is scarcely going to get people taking to the barricades in these uncertain times, but the results of this particular meetup could shape access to NHS PCs in the coming years. The gathering …
Maxwell Cooter, 30 Jun 2017

NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

A lack of accountability and investment in cyber-security has been blamed for the recent WannaCrypt virus that hobbled multiple hospital NHS IT systems last month in England, a report by The Chartered Institute for IT concludes. The report, published today, comes following a similar, but more limited attack against UK-based …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2017
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Software glitch led to London Ambulance Service outage – report

A software glitch in the London Ambulance Service’s 999 call handling system, which prevented the system’s recycle bin from being emptied, led to an outage at the New Year – according to an official report. Control room staff were forced to log all emergency calls by pen and paper and pass information to ambulance crews over …
Kat Hall, 27 Jun 2017

Watchdog slaps NHS for failure to tackle correspondence backlog

The National Audit Office has slapped the NHS Shared Business Services for its failure to handle a backlog of misdirected clinical correspondence, which will cost £6.6m to work through. The NHS Shared Business Services is a joint venture between the Department of Health and Sopra Steria set up in 2004 to provide support …
Kat Hall, 27 Jun 2017

Google to remove private medical data from search results

Google has decided to wipe people’s medical records from its search results - just as its AI branch DeepMind extends its grips on UK patients’ medical records. The Chocolate Factory added an extra line to its removal policies page on June 23, which lists “confidential, personal medical records of private people” as information …
Rebecca Hill, 23 Jun 2017
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Doormat junk: Takeaway menus, Farmfoods flyer, NHS data-sharing letter... wait, what?

A Midlands NHS group has committed face-palm after face-palm in its efforts to inform residents about its patient data-sharing plans. This week, residents of Warwickshire, England, received a letter from Alex Price-Forbes, chief information officer for Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group. The idea was to tell them …
Rebecca Hill, 23 Jun 2017
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Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

Britain has a long-term health problem: Britons are living longer with conditions that would previously have killed them. This is obviously great for the people concerned, but not for the government, which is on the hook for most of the nation’s healthcare costs. This election has seen technology, along with new buildings, …
SA Mathieson, 8 Jun 2017

NHS U-turns on blanket IR35 tax crackdown

The UK National Health Service has repealed its blanket decision to shove contractors inside the IR35 tax clampdown by default. Last month the government shifted responsibility for compliance with the IR35 legislation from the individual contractor to the public body or recruitment agency. The Treasury says it hopes to raise £ …
Kat Hall, 31 May 2017
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NHS Digital stopped short of advising against paying off WannaCrypt

NHS Digital stopped short of advising health organisations in England not to cough up for the WannaCrypt ransom attack because it couldn't be certain that all hospitals had backed up patient records. Dan Taylor, head of security at NHS Digital, told thousands of NHS organisations everything about the attack – except explicitly …
Kat Hall, 25 May 2017
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Health data 'vault' app floats into UK.gov's G-Cloud. *cough* GDPR *cough*

National Health Service trusts can consolidate their data in readiness for GDPR by buying an Analytics Private Health Data Vault service, based on Commvault's Clinical Archive product, says its maker. Flying Binary says its Analytics Private Health Data Vault service can be bought through the G-Cloud 9 app store. We're told …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2017

Project Gollum: Because NHS Caring means NHS Sharing

¡Bong! Even over Skype, the weeping of the National Health Service's Chief Transformation Officer could be heard even over the sound of the breaking waves here on Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman. No, there was no mistaking it, even over the pops and crackles from my prototype Microsoft Surface 5 Azure Edition (“always helping you by …
Steve Bong, 22 May 2017

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