Do all you can to protect your computer(s) from cyber attacks – no one is safe from such digital intrusions – including hospitals, with some dire results. The DarkReading blog reports that “hospital cyberattacks have been linked to an increase in heart attack mortality.”
The evidence comes from researchers at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management who “analyzed healthcare data breaches recorded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).They investigated patient mortality rates at more than 3,000 Medicare-certified hospitals between 2012 and 2016, 10% of which had reported a data breach. They found attackers are not directly controlling medication; rather, hospitals’ approach to breach remediation is slowing down doctors, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners responsible for cardiac care, according to an article on PBS NewsHour…
“At the hundreds of hospitals in this study that reported data breaches, there were as many as 36 additional deaths per 10,000 heart attacks each year. It’s worth noting heart attacks are among the most common medical emergencies in the US: According to PBS, 735,000 Americans suffer one every year. The number of healthcare institutions affected by data breaches rose 20% in 2019, affecting medical records of 30 million health care customers – the most since 2015.”
It’s amazing how spammers and hackers are sometimes willing to place the lives of others at risk.