blog You would think, you would really think, that pretty much every organisation Australia-wide would have gotten the picture by now that Windows XP is an outdated platform and needs to be replaced. But sadly this is not the case. From Victoria comes the news that the Royal Melbourne Hospital has had its operations knocked offline by a Windows XP virus. The hospital issued the following statement yesterday:
“Melbourne Health is managing a computer virus which infected its computer network. While the virus has been disruptive to the organisation, due to the tireless work of staff we have been able to minimise this disruption to our patients and ensure patient safety has been maintained.
Computers running on most of our systems are now clear of the virus and IT staff are working to restore the remaining Windows XP computers as quickly as possible. As of 10am this morning, many programs affected by the virus are up and running including pathology and pharmacy.”
The Age has more on the situation, including the fact that staff at Royal Melbourne had been required to “send faxes” to its pathology department if they urgently needed results.
Seriously, people. It’s 2016, and we’re still talking about Windows XP viruses and faxes. What the hell is wrong with Australia’s IT industry? Why can’t we move past this stuff. It’s a vivid demonstration of the old prescient quote by sci-fi writer William Gibson: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” Certainly the Royal Melbourne Hospital appears stuck in 1995.
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