Hospitals on alert to fix potential cybersecurity risk

Computer experts inside hospitals were working diligently on Wednesday to address a serious new security vulnerability in older versions of the Windows operating system, which is still used in many health care devices even though Microsoft hasn’t actively supported the older software in years.

Julie Flaschenriem, chief information officer at Hennepin Healthcare, said the Minneapolis health system activated a command center Tuesday evening when news of the vulnerability broke. As of Wednesday, the team was working through its prioritized list of action items for securing any older devices that need attention.

“We know — and the whole world knows — that there are people out there that are trying to exploit this one. And every organization around here, whether it’s health care or any other thing, is trying to prevent it,” said Flaschenriem, who has held information technology roles at several health systems in the Twin Cities. “We all

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