A Hospital Hit by Hackers, a Baby in Distress: The Case of the First Alleged Ransomware Death (Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal: A Hospital Hit by Hackers, a Baby in Distress: The Case of the First Alleged Ransomware Death. “When Teiranni Kidd walked into Springhill Medical Center on July 16, 2019, to have her baby, she had no idea the Alabama hospital was deep in the midst of a ransomware attack. For nearly eight days, computers had been disabled on every floor. A real-time wireless tracker that could locate medical staff around the hospital was down. Years of patient health records were inaccessible. And at the nurses’ desk in the labor and delivery unit, medical staff were cut off from the equipment that monitors fetal heartbeats in the 12 delivery rooms.”

HuffPost: COVID-19 Hospitalizations For Americans In Their 30s Hit All-Time High

HuffPost: COVID-19 Hospitalizations For Americans In Their 30s Hit All-Time High. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 170,852 hospital admissions of those age 30 to 39 from the beginning of August 2020 to last Wednesday. The number of daily admissions, based on a seven-day average, jumped from 908 the week beginning July 29 to 1,113 the week starting Aug. 5. That’s a 22.6% bounce — and still climbing.”

Newswise: More than one in ten COVID-19 patients infected in hospital in first pandemic wave

Newswise: More than one in ten COVID-19 patients infected in hospital in first pandemic wave. “The researchers examined records of COVID-19 patients in UK hospitals enrolled in the International Severe Acute Respiratory and emerging Infections Consortium (ISARIC) Clinical Characterisation Protocol UK (CCP-UK) study, who became ill before 1st August 2020. They found that at least 11.1% of COVID-19 patients in 314 UK hospitals were infected after admission. The proportion of COVID-19 patients infected in hospital also rose to between 16% and 20% in mid-May 2020, long after the peak of admissions in the first wave.”

Click Orlando: Gov. Ron DeSantis objects to vaccine mandates at Florida hospitals

Click Orlando: Gov. Ron DeSantis objects to vaccine mandates at Florida hospitals. “Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t want Florida businesses to require customers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations to get served or to enter establishments, so he swayed lawmakers this spring to pass legislation banning ‘vaccine passports.’ Now, the governor says he also doesn’t support hospitals requiring their staff members to get vaccinated.”

Daily Beast: Ransomware Attack Forces Indiana Hospital to Turn Ambulances Away

Daily Beast: Ransomware Attack Forces Indiana Hospital to Turn Ambulances Away. “Hackers are going after U.S. hospitals with a fresh wave of cyberattacks this week just as coronavirus cases surge around the country. Eskenazi Health, a health-care service provider that operates a 315-bed hospital, inpatient facilities, and community health centers throughout Indianapolis, was crippled by a ransomware attack that began between 3:30 and 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, a spokesperson told The Daily Beast.”

TechCrunch: As the delta variant surges, a nonprofit app lets hospital patients call home for free on any device

TechCrunch: As the delta variant surges, a nonprofit app lets hospital patients call home for free on any device. “A hospital can request a TeleHome login (provided again, for free). Once it’s installed using that one-time login, patients can use a hospital’s device to send a link via text to another person. Clicking that link will take participants to a Zoom-call like format in an internet browser — regardless of whether they have an iPhone, Android, computer or any other type of device.”

Wired: Hospitals Still Use Pneumatic Tubes—and They Can Be Hacked

Wired: Hospitals Still Use Pneumatic Tubes—and They Can Be Hacked. “IT’S ALL TOO common to find hackable flaws in medical devices, from mammography machines and CT scanners to pacemakers and insulin pumps. But it turns out that the potential exposure extends into the walls: Researchers have found almost a dozen vulnerabilities in a popular brand of pneumatic tube delivery system that many hospitals use to to carry and distribute vital cargo like lab samples and medicine.”

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Proposes Raising Penalty for Hospitals That Don’t Publish Prices

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Proposes Raising Penalty for Hospitals That Don’t Publish Prices. “The Biden administration on Monday proposed sharply higher penalties for larger hospitals that don’t make their prices public. The proposal would also clamp down on the use of special coding embedded in hospital webpages that prevents Alphabet Inc.’s Google and other search engines from displaying price pages in search results.”

WSB-TV: Forgotten blueprints of segregated hospitals in Georgia brought to light

WSB-TV: Forgotten blueprints of segregated hospitals in Georgia brought to light. “On the campus of Kennesaw State University, a disturbing era of Georgia history is now in plain view. ‘There were separate waiting rooms. Separate pharmacies. Entrances. Everything,’ Helen Thomas said. Thomas oversees the university archives. Along with the Digital Library of Georgia at the University of Georgia, she has gone online with the blueprints of hospitals built in the state during the 1940′s and 50′s.”

Texas Tribune: Facing a crush of COVID-19 patients, ICUs are completely full in at least 50 Texas hospitals

Texas Tribune: Facing a crush of COVID-19 patients, ICUs are completely full in at least 50 Texas hospitals. “More than 50 Texas hospitals are currently reporting that their ICUs are 100% full or higher, and a dozen of them have been full for more than half of the 24 weeks since hospitals began reporting that information in July, according to a Texas Tribune analysis of data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

Covid-19: Hospitals under pressure as coronavirus cases rise (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: Hospitals under pressure as coronavirus cases rise. “Hospitals in the south of England say they have seen a ‘real rise in pressure’ as the number of Covid patients needing treatment increases. Saturday was described as one of London Ambulance Service’s busiest in history amid the rapid spread of a new variant. The service and at least two others have urged people to call 999 only if there is a serious emergency.”

AP: As hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge, cyber threats loom

AP: As hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge, cyber threats loom. “By targeting providers with attacks that scramble and lock up data until victims pay a ransom, hackers can demand thousands or millions of dollars and wreak havoc until they’re paid. In September, for example, a ransomware attack paralyzed a chain of more than 250 U.S. hospitals and clinics. The resulting outages delayed emergency room care and forced staff to restore critical heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen level monitors with ethernet cabling.”

The Atlantic: The U.S. Has Passed the Hospital Breaking Point

The Atlantic: The U.S. Has Passed the Hospital Breaking Point. “The pandemic nightmare scenario—the buckling of hospital and health-care systems nationwide—has arrived. Several lines of evidence are now sending us the same message: Hospitals are becoming overwhelmed, causing them to restrict whom they admit and leading more Americans to die needlessly.”