Windows use in medical spaces (Re: vintage computers in active use)
rodsmallwood52 at btinternet.com
Fri May 27 16:37:36 CDT 2016
On 27/05/2016 22:04, Ali wrote:
>> It makes me wonder how many patients have had to wait on care or didn't
>> get proper care because of an IT screwup related to Windows. I have to
>> say just _seeing_ Windows on machines in the ER made me livid. I found
>> it breathtaking they were that caviler about getting people checked in,
>> keeping records straight, etc... I guess I shouldn't have visited the
>> sausage factory, so to speak...
>> Then again, folks in hospitals probably should be more concerned with
>> patients than with their IT tools. Ugh. Still. Windows? I'd have felt
>> better about paper forms. At least they don't blue screen.
> I would say very few. You have to remember critical systems are not running
> a general windows system i.e. people are not surfing the web on them and
> installing the latest games recommended by friends from facebook. Windows on
> its own is very stable. I.E. if you take a clean install of windows SW on
> recommended HW and just use the built in apps and never go on the internet
> it will run without any issues. Medical HW makers are basically using
> recommended HW, building one application on top of the OS, and test the hell
> out of it. Since they limit the HW, SW, and modality of use it runs stable.
> Almost all (maybe 80%) of your medical HW is probably running some flavor of
> Pyxis/Omnicell: Windows CE
> Sonosite: Windows 2K or XP
> EMRs: Windows XP or 7 (usually virtualized through Citrix).
> Heck DOS is still around too!
> The more specialized equipment (fluoro machines, MRI/CT, etc.) usually have
> their own OS although I am seeing C-Arms w/ windows back bones now a days as
> well. As the focus is going toward cost saving more and more generalized
> HW/SW is being used. After all why re-invent everything for each device when
> you can use windows to run the HW, network, input, etc. and just have the
> medical device (e.g. ultrasound probe) act like a peripheral with its own
> Where windows causes an issue for the hospital is in the general business
> areas (HR, accounting, administration, etc.).
Please can we have some specific instances of Windows causing problems.
Not unqualified people at home or students but real production
environments with qualified support on hand.
I used every version of windows from 1 to 10. yes XP and millennium too
I wrote time and mission critical food distribution related software for
the ten years before I retired in vb and then vb.net (oo) I would have
seen just about every possible bug in windows and in developing
applications under it.
Lets hear what others experienced.
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