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Say Goodbye to Windows 7

Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows 7. Here's what you need to know:

Back in January of 2015, many panicked about losing their Windows 7 support from Microsoft. Luckily, the powers that be extended that deadline to January 2020, but now that date is looming over us like a scary, HIPAA violation-filled cloud. Microsoft released a statement saying that “any users or businesses who are running [Windows 7] are more susceptible to cyber attacks.”

What does that mean for hospitals who haven’t upgraded to Windows 8 or 10 yet? Well, it means you need to tread lightly and carry a big security stick.

Topics: Technology Cyber Security

Why is My Computer so Slow?! An Introduction to the Task Manager

Have you ever wondered why your computer starts to get sluggish? Opening your email is slow, news articles take FOREVER to download, and nothing seems to be working right. Well, your computer has probably been up too long. Calling IT or support will tell you to restart it, but why? Like a person, if you leave a computer up for too long without restarting, it just exhausts itself. Too many activities and programs are running, and the computer cannot keep up. "But how did IT know my computer had been up for so long?" You wonder, "Where are they finding a list of these activities?" The answer is the Task Manager, and understanding how to use it can actually empower you to take control of your own troubleshooting!

Topics: Best Practices Technology Tips and Tricks Tips

Artificial Intelligence Coming to a Pathology Lab Near You?

The idea of artificial intelligence captured my attention in the early 2000's when Will Smith graced us with the cinematic thriller, I, Robot. The movie is set in 2035 where humans are building smart robots using AI, and Smith's character has to fight them from taking over, and blah blah blah. You've seen it 100 times in a million movies. Enter real life ... artificial intelligence captured the world when the IBM super computer, known as Watson, won the TV show Jeopardy!, beating the reigning Jeopardy! champion, Ken Jennings. Now, the supercomputer, branded for healthcare as WATSON HEALTH AI, is found in at least 16 cancer treatment centers across the United States, helping to diagnose and treat cancer patients.

Topics: Technology Pathology

Call it Petya or NotPetya, it Wreaked Havoc on Transcription Services

Hospitals around the world have seen their transcription services interrupted by the June 27 cyber attack. At first, the attack looked like the ransomware known as Petya. It encrypted users' files and demanded a ransom before unlocking them, but the ransom proved difficult if not impossible to pay. Authorities then began to suspect the attack, now called "NotPetya," was only created to cause as much disruption as possible. On that count, it has been very successful; the malware has spread to individuals, companies, and even nations around the world.

Topics: Technology Cyber Security

What Just Happened?! Ransomware, Security, and Basic Cyber Hygiene

As you may have seen in the news recently, a massive, world-wide cyber attack has been targeting hospitals, banks, and other major corporations. It’s called ransomware and it's exactly what it sounds like. An email gets sent to you that looks official, you download the attachment, and BAM! the virus gets installed on your computer. Once installed, it locks all of your information and demands a ransom before it will give you back your files and programs. It’s very scary at first, and many people will just pay the ransom to avoid the hassle, but there are other actions you can take instead.

Topics: Best Practices Technology Cyber Security