As if you need another reason to distrust medical automation Jeffery Gibson of Marshall, Minn. faces up to 10 years in prison for planting a logic bomb in a hospital's computer system. (Picture from Profitability.Net.)
What makes this especially scary is that Gibson was not a hospital employee. He was a contractor working on a staff-training system.
Rather than focusing on the harm, or the scare, I think there's a more important point to be made, for anyone dealing with medical computing systems.
Don't depend on the back-up procedures within your system, either. A hospital without a managed backup provider is like a doctor without malpractice insurance.
Chances are good your system vendor is going to bring one of these folks to the party when it comes time to sign a contract. If he doesn't you need another system vendor.
You want to know that your systems are backed-up as they're used, not just once a day, and that they can get back online quickly. If you have a security vendor, this is something you want to be clear with them on.
Rather than becoming frightened and defensive when a computer crook is captured, and rather than just calling a cop, make certain you're ready.
There's nothing to fear from computing if you're prepared to deal with its risks.
Oh, and if you're a small medical clinic this applies to you, too. There are plenty of managed backup outfits which specialize in the small-to-medium business market, and probably one near you which specializes further, in the medical area.