Health Care Worker WTF



  • So I've just been to the hospital with a friend where they had a scan, which appeared on a computer screen once done.

    The health worker analysed the picture, and then got out a magnifying class "for a more detailed look".

    Erm, it's a computer screen. Can't do you a much better job of that by using some computery type control?



  • @Mole said:

    Can't do you a much better job of that by using some computery type control?

    Maybe one with an icon which looks like a magnifying glass?



  • Well, probably at least 50% of medical equipment in use today was installed in 1984 and never updated because that shit costs money (and/or the room was literally built around the damn thing), so it quite possibly doesn't have an inbuilt magnification feature.

    Of course, all they're going to see is a pixelly blob.

    Unless the device in question was in fact modern and running on a Windows or similar environment. I find that's usually only the case in small suburban clinics.



  • Hard to say without knowing more about the equipment.

    Then again, knowing the quality of medical software, it also wouldn't surprise me if the imaging program lacked a magnification feature. Nor would it surprise me if the health worker simply didn't know how to use the damned thing.

    Nurses are awful with technology. Fucking terrible. Radiologists and Doctors, however, they were pretty excited about technology and loved to learn. But Nurses. Ugh.



  • @trithne said:

    Unless the device in question was in fact modern and running on a Windows or similar environment.

    In which case, it runs Windows XP because the software only runs on that, and the company that made it no longer exists or wants to charge $25,000 for the newer version. And Microsoft are of course the ones to blame.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @anonymous234 said:

    , it runs Windows XP

    There's nothing like being in an ER waiting room watching the "This version of Windows is obsolete" message pop up over the screen saver.



  • I still have my "Kid on the womb" 1 & 2 DVDs and they are in some weird format only a special Phillips software can "run".

    But, if you open the DVD in the file manager, there you have the mp4 videos.



  • One actual reason I could see doing it this way is that digital zoom pixelates something fierce and could make it harder to see something subtle (e.g. the particular curve of a shadow that you need to be able to see somewhat in the context of the larger picture).



  • I suppose it's better than "this version of Windows is not genuine" :-)

    On 18 October 2014 20:50:57 BST, FrostCat <use-the-contact-form@thedailywtf.com> wrote:


    FrostCat

    October 18
    anonymous234:

    , it runs Windows XP

    There's nothing like being in an ER waiting room watching the "This version of Windows is obsolete" message pop up over the screen saver.


    To respond, reply to this email or visit http://what.thedailywtf.com/t/health-care-worker-wtf/4110/6 in your browser.

    To unsubscribe from these emails, visit your user preferences.



  • I'm pretty sure it would take a Vogon-ic level of paperwork to change this.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @chubertdev said:

    I'm pretty user

    I'll just bet.



  • @anonymous234 said:

    it runs Windows XP because the software only runs on that, and the company that made it no longer exist

    And the company no longer exists because it was founded specifically to make that program by a guy who got the contract since the Director for Health Services knew him and he'd been pushing to 'modernise the health sector', without ever mentioning that EoL was an eventual thing.

    Meanwhile, the machine with the software baked into the chips trundles along.



  • @FrostCat said:

    I'll just bet.

    Lysdexia strikes again!


Log in to reply
 

Looks like your connection to What the Daily WTF? was lost, please wait while we try to reconnect.