Hospital Ransomware Attacks Cause Deaths

What a shock. Study: Ransomware, Data Breaches at Hospitals tied to Uptick in Fatal Heart Attacks.

As PBS noted in its coverage of the Vanderbilt study, after data breaches as many as 36 additional deaths per 10,000 heart attacks occurred annually at the hundreds of hospitals examined.

The researchers found that for care centers that experienced a breach, it took an additional 2.7 minutes for suspected heart attack patients to receive an electrocardiogram.

Do you think that security is worth anything? Do you think that doctors will actually follow recommendations from someone who isn’t a doctor?

One thought on “Hospital Ransomware Attacks Cause Deaths

  1. Newsflash….Been in healthcare 40+ years. That 2.7 minutes of delay for an EKG to be done in the REAL world make essentially no difference in the outcome for the patient. For a few things… CPR or giving a patient oxygen when they are desaturating it can be important but an EKG is informational…not therapeutic. Once acquired the choice of treatments must still be decided upon and implemented. And a 12 lead EKG is done secondarily to the initial work up. A patient presenting with cardiac symptoms is placed Immediately on a heart monitor. Any GROSS abnormalities of their cardiac rhythm are seen immediately. This story is just noise….smoke and mirrors.


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