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Council Post: Why Things Can’t Go Back To Normal After The Change Healthcare Attack

June 28, 2024
Contributed by: Drex DeFord
The recent ransomware attack on Change Healthcare revealed significant vulnerabilities within the healthcare industry's cybersecurity measures. This attack disrupted hospital operations nationwide, affecting approximately one-third of Americans and underscoring the habitual cycle of initial panic followed by a swift return to complacency. Dr. Jeffrey Tully and Dr. Christian Dameff from the UCSD Center for Healthcare Cybersecurity highlighted the catastrophic impact on patient outcomes, with adjacent hospitals experiencing worse patient outcomes during such attacks. The historical pattern shows a shift from mere data theft to actual denial of care, prompting regulatory bodies like the FDA to strengthen cybersecurity guidelines. There's a need for a sustained, proactive approach involving continuous risk assessment, advanced technologies, rigorous staff training, and public advocacy to ensure data protection and healthcare delivery integrity.
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