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Four big questions for DC following massive health care hack

March 20, 2024
Politico
Summary
The recent cyberattack on Change Healthcare, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, has highlighted significant vulnerabilities within the U.S. healthcare system and spurred questions about the adequacy of federal and industry efforts to secure healthcare data. This incident, which has disrupted the financial operations of hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies nationwide, serves as a wake-up call about the interconnectedness and critical vulnerabilities in the healthcare sector. Officials and experts are now debating the need for more robust cybersecurity regulations and standards for healthcare entities, the potential risks of corporate consolidation in healthcare impacting system-wide cybersecurity, and the controversial issue of ransom payments to cybercriminals. This event underscores the urgent need for a comprehensive strategy to safeguard against future cyber threats to the U.S. healthcare system.
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