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Healthcare Organizations Must Consider The Financial Impact Of Ransomware Attacks
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4/13/2016 | 12:57:29 PM
Re: Healthcare Ransomware attacks
If we assume that a healthcare entity if offline for a calendar week, how many surgeries or other procedures were delayed, rescheduled, or transferred due to the absence of the supporting electrinic health record?

Who is liable when the patient's health is further compromised because they did not receive the proper procedure/care at the right time?  

Operating premise is that the healthcare entity pays the ransom, and gets the data back.   If the data modified and the patients health is compromised as a result of incorract/inaccurate information in their E.H.R, whos assume liability?    Who validates the integrity of the data following a recovery from the ransomware attack? 

Most hospitals have standby procedures which they fall back on during a major IT outage. Older physicians came of age in a pen & paper world and can generally switch back to paper based notes, orders, and patient records.  But younger Docs are generally clueless in this regard. They have always worked in the E.H.R and digital environment -they never had the pen & paper experience.  So thier success is dependent on regular training and drills.  

Some hospitals keep their standby procedures on the computer/network.  This makes for tough sledding when your off the network or down to minimal electrical power.  

 
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4/8/2016 | 5:26:01 PM
Healthcare Organizations exposure to Ransomware
Very good point on Ransomware for Healthcare. I appreciate the updated true cost calculations. Your warning should be heeded or the number of real world examples will continue to increase.

 

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4/7/2016 | 5:50:59 PM
PR
You forgot to mention the public relations cost. 


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