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Ransomware In Healthcare: It’s Not Just a Provider Issue

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Ransomware continues to be a troubling trend in healthcare . A recent Sophos survey of 5,600 healthcare IT professionals noted that 66% of their organizations had been hit by ransomware in 2021. This is a 94% year-over-year increase in healthcare ransomware attacks. The survey also indicated that 61% paid the ransom, which exceeds the global average of 46%.

Historically we think of ransomware as a provider issue. Headlines such as “ Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Baptist Health Report Data Breaches of Over 1.2 Million Records ,” don’t immediately make it clear that the breach was actually due to a breach of a business associate, not the health care provider. However, a review of the data breach reporting to the Department of Health and Human Services indicated that the breach was related to a ransomware attack at Eye Care Leaders that put more than 2,000,000 records at risk in June of 2022 alone. In another example, on July 1, 2022, a little-known company, Professional Finance Company, Inc. reported that in May of 2022 they notified more than 650 health care provider clients that were the victim of a ransomware attack they detected on February 26 that impacted over […]

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