Researchers from the University of California recently proclaimed that they have developed a novel technique. Using this technique, one can remotely achieve the modification of medical test results. For this purpose, one has to attack the link between medical record systems and hospital laboratory devices.
Researchers at UC San Diego and UC Davis demonstrated findings of their research on August 9, 2018, at the Black Hat 2018 conference. The research team offered the demonstration of this attack named Pestilence. They proclaimed that the latest attack is only the proof-of-concept and it is not to be rolled out for the general population. Whilst risks exploited by researchers are not new, this is the first time that researchers have demonstrated how these risks could be used to compromise the patient health.
On a similar note, researchers revealed the late-breaking results from the MARINER trial. According to the latest results, the utilization of an oral anticoagulant drug in medically sick patients for about 45 Days after their hospital discharge might help them in reducing the rate of non-fatal indicative blood clots. It is observed that this does not impact the deadly blood clots. The study was demonstrated in a Hot Line Session at ESC Congress 2018. It is available online in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Professor Alex Spyropoulos, research author, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine, proclaimed that anticoagulants assist in the prevention of blood clots in the medically sick patients whilst they are at the hospital under the doctor supervision. But, the danger of blood clots broadens well further than this time period. Spyropoulos added that according to the study results, one might provide additional safety to at-risk patients from the non-fatal blood clots by providing an oral anticoagulant drug after they are discharged from the hospital.