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Medical Records, next tech goldmine

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According to a recent CNNMoney.com article, the next technical goldmine is medical records.

There are an estimated 300 to 400 companies in the United States peddling electronic medical records (EMR) systems to the nation’s hospitals, medical clinics and solo practitioners. While some, such as GE Healthcare and NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, are part of corporate behemoths, the vast majority are small, privately held firms like eClinicalWorks.

While large firms such as Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions Inc. and NextGen Healthcare remain huge presences, industry observers say that the electronic medical records field is as open to smaller challengers as it has ever been.

One big factor working in the small companies’ favor: The majority of doctors’ offices that have yet to adopt electronic records are small businesses themselves. While more than half of medical practices employing 50 or more doctors are using EMR systems, less than 10% of practices made up of three physicians or fewer can say the same, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2008.

To read the full article, click here.

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Hacking my new toy- Dlink DNS323 NAS

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Hacking my new toy- Dlink DNS323 NAS

Hacking my new toy- Dlink DNS323 NAS

I had recently bought a Network Attached Storage DNS323 which runs two drives of
WESTERN DIGITAL CAVIAR GREEN 1.5TB SATA3.0 DESKTOP STORAGE 64MB CACHE BARE and I use them for my ever growing HD medias including photos shots.
The good thing about this NAS box is that it runs linux and the manufacturer provides a hook to hack the system to run additional software.

I am listing the steps to get it up and running as a quick start guide for future, to avoid having to go through quite a few pages on the actual wiki page.
Copy fun_plug and fun_plug.tgz to top most level of Volume 1 and restart the NAS box.
The manufacturer has a hook in the framework itself to ensure that it looks for a file for fun_plug and execute it, this adds additional stuff that kickstarts the process, by enabling the telnet process.
Connecting the first time.Once the box has re-booted, try telnetting to it (you will need to find its ip address, possibly using nmap (sudo nmap -sS -O 192.168.1.0/24). If you get the shell, everything got installed properly.
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You are now in!Secure the box, FIRSTFirst run the pwconv utility and update the shadow-file
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pwconv
and ensure that you promptly change your ‘root’ password as the first thing.
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passwd
Now activate the root-user, which comes disabled by default
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usermod -s /ffp/bin/sh root
Now ensure that the password gets written down and stored permanently on the drive.
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store-passwd.sh
Enable sshIts a good idea to run shell sessions over ssh for obvious reasons so disable telnet and enable ssh using the following commands.
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chmod a+x /ffp/start/sshd.sh
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sh /ffp/start/sshd.sh start
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chmod -x /ffp/start/telnetd.sh #that makes the start script unexecutable
Now reboot to confirm that telnet is off and ssh is on. Try both and if all worked properly you should only have access to login via ssh and not via telnet.

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