Hospital server crashed by iPods

By Derek Sooman on May 5, 2006, 10:02 AM
Believe it or not, a hospital's IT system was crashed by some iPods! Offline for more than two days, the system was overwhelmed by staff downloading music for their iPods. The download feeding frenzy led to the hospitalís main server crashing, leading to systems that normally provided digital x-rays and patient notes being unavailable. Naturally, this did not go down well.

Staff were reportedly forced to process X-rays using film and resorted to hand-written back-up notes to obtain patient notes.

The downtime drew scorn from one patient who said it was a "disgrace" that "staff sit around downloading music" at the risk of endangering peoplesí health.




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DragonMaster said:
Will Apple be sued for that?
Phantasm66 said:
Heheh don't say that, it might just happen!Suing people seems to be the norm in the IT industry right now.
fiziks said:
if "downloading" crashed the servers that means the "ipods" didn't crash them
fiziks said:
...secondly, no dr. or nurse could install ipod software on a linux system, so that's their first problem.. using windows[Edited by fiziks on 2006-05-05 11:42:48]
fiziks said:
and what kind of hospital server has downloads and [possibly] P2P software enabled?
PanicX said:
The level of incompetence it takes for an IT administrator to install any unnecessary software on mission critical/production equipment should put the admin AND the manager that hired this goon in prison.Not to mention the over 2 day down time. I hope that only took so long because of HR processing a new admin. Simply mind boggling.
DragonMaster said:
fiziks, you can edit your comments.[quote] The level of incompetence it takes for an IT administrator to install any unnecessary software on mission critical/production equipment should put the admin AND the manager that hired this goon in prison. [/quote]And what is the staff doing to download enough tunes for a server to crash?
nimo333 said:
How do you know if not patients/visitors didn't join the staff too in downloading to their ipods?
Thomasnews said:
Considering all the problems the NHS has been facing it's quite disgusting to think staff are further compounding the problems by downloading/copying music during working hours.The IT guys over the hospital should certainly be fired as they should have noticed all the bandwidth/drive space being consumed; this was not a problem created overnight. The staff should be reprimanded too.
Phantasm66 said:
Misuse of Internet access is a HUGE problem in the public sector. When I worked in a university, there were people who almost had a full time job downloading porn. They regularly got warnings and nothing happened as a result - they just kept on doing it.
ThomasNews said:
Yeah, I hear the same over here about Government departments too; 1 staff does 1-2 hours of actual work a day, the rest is spent online as they've nothing else to do. You'd not have such rampant misuses in the private sector
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