Beware of Ransomware in Healthcare

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Ransomware impact the safety of patients in healthcare. Ransomeware infects a PC and restricts access to the infected PC by encrypting most files. Ransomware is an easy source of revenue for cyber criminals. So what are the impacts of ransomware attacks? If PCs are not functioning or there are delayed information access, it could cause patient safety concerns and information. Caregivers try to treat patients and consider the difficulties they would encounter if their PCs were not functional, rendering no access to the electronic medical record system.

Below are some of the potential impacts of ransomware:

  • Patient medical history inaccessible.
  • Patient medication history unavailable.
  • Lab orders delayed.
  • Lab results stalled.
  • Prescriptions postponed because they cannot be ordered electronically
  • Medical devices inoperable.
  • Monitoring PCs impacted.
  • Potential public relations controversy – What if the staff can no longer access the application that tracks location of patients. What if that patient passes before the family can see them?

Prevention What can organizations to do protect themselves from ransomware?

  • Put strong technologies in place to prevent and detect threats.
  • Educate the workforce.
  • Make sure IT, security and other staff or partners are trained in prevention, detection and incident response.

Bottom line: have contingency plans. Organizations need to invest in cyber security and education versus the cost of using papers and pens.

For more information – read our full article around ransomware in healthcare –


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