August 9, 2004

Medical Risk & Windows Software

Ellen Messmer on the substantial health care costs/risks of keeping Microsoft Windows systems patched

According to Network World: 'Amid growing worries that Windows-based medical systems will endanger patients if Microsoft-issued security patches are not applied, hospitals are rebelling against restrictions from device manufacturers that have delayed or prevented such updates. Device makers such as GE Medical Systems, Philips Medical Systems and Agfa say it typically takes months to test Microsoft patches because they could break the medical systems to which they're applied. In some instances, vendors won't authorize patch updates at all.' This is the typical patch vs. crash problem. Unfortunately, the stakes here could be human lives.

Posted by James Zellmer at August 9, 2004 6:58 PM | Subscribe to this site via RSS:
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