Essential Health Care Cyberattack Facts

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Health Care Cyberattacks


Key points:

  • Ransomware attacks on the health care industry are on the rise
  • Change Healthcare, a unit of UnitedHealth Group, was recently targeted in a significant hack

Despite the increase in ransomware attacks, there are few new safeguards proposed to protect patient data in the health care industry. The recent cyberattack on Change Healthcare, a major player in the industry, highlighted the vulnerabilities throughout the U.S. health care system. The attack had widespread effects, causing billions of dollars in payments to go uncollected. The exact nature and scope of the attack are still unknown, but investigations by the F.B.I. and the Department of Health and Human Services are ongoing to determine if patient records and personal information were compromised.

Ransomware attacks have become nearly commonplace in the health care industry, affecting hospitals, medical offices, and companies providing medical services. Hackers have taken down systems, causing disruptions in patient care and financial operations. The industry is in need of stronger digital security measures to protect patient data and ensure the continuity of health care services.

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