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UnitedHealth data breach should be a wake-up call for the UK and NHS

May 6, 2024
TechCrunch
Summary
The UnitedHealth data breach, where the U.S. health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group suffered a ransomware attack impacting one-third of U.S. patients, serves as a critical alert for global healthcare data security, including the UK's NHS. With UnitedHealth's recent presence in the UK following its acquisition of EMIS Health, the incident underscores the vulnerabilities of entrusting sensitive patient data to private entities. The breach highlights the broader issue of cybersecurity in healthcare, exacerbated by inadequate digital defenses like the lack of multi-factor authentication, posing significant risks to patient privacy and trust in digital healthcare solutions. This event, coupled with other similar security breaches around the world, calls for a stringent review and enhancement of data security measures across the healthcare industry.
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