In this week’s health IT round-up we cover the NHS calling in military help on cyber attack, a tweeting surgeon, and an alternative to NHSmail.
NHS Digital is warning NHS staff about a spate of spear phishing attacks, in which scammers pretend to be NHS colleagues and ask for money.
Cyber Security 1
More NHSmail emails were sent in 75 minutes than in a normal three months after a “software configuration error” nearly crashed the system.
An pharmacies wanting access to a new £75 million performance-based fund will need an account.
From the email blunder that caused #replyallgate, to news that NHS England was going to spend £100 million on ‘exemplar’ trusts, there was plenty for Digital Health News readers to read in 2016.
A NHSmail account has been hijacked and used to launch a phishing attack to extract sensitive details from other NHS staff.
But some NHSmail services could still be experiencing delays caused by an inadvertent email to 840,000 users, and the subsequent flood of ‘reply-all’ emails.
It started with a mistaken email to every NHS account in England. But it was the replies that brought one of the country’s biggest email services to a near standstill.
More than a million people have now switched to NHSmail 2, with ambitions to extend the service to pharmacies and social care.
More than 200,000 people have already been switched to NHSmail 2 and most will have barely noticed, the HSCIC says.