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Red Tape Is Making Hospital Ransomware Attacks Worse

June 25, 2024
Contributed by: Drex DeFord
The article discusses the significant impact of ransomware attacks on health care providers, emphasizing how these cyberattacks can cripple medical systems and disrupt patient care for extended periods. In addition to the immediate challenges caused by the attacks, hospitals face further delays due to bureaucratic processes, specifically the requirement for "assurance" or "attestation" letters aimed at ensuring other organizations that it is safe to reconnect with the affected systems. These letters, while not legally mandated, are intended to mitigate risk but often prolong system downtime, posing further threats to patient safety. Experts argue for more efficient processes and potential federal support to accelerate recovery and minimize disruptions.
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