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The way hospitals respond to a cyberattack can result in a slower response to critical heart patients.
After an attack, corrective actions to improve security in hospital information technology systems may “disrupt care processes” and reduce the quality of care, according to a study published by researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Central Florida.

The time to an EKG “increased by as much as 2.7 minutes after a data breach, and this lag remained as high as 2 minutes even after three to four years,” according to the PBS report, which interviewed the study’s authors. Additionally, “as many as 36 additional deaths per 10,000 heart attacks occurred annually at the hundreds of hospitals examined in the new study,” the PBS report added.

Ransomware forces 3 hospitals to turn away all but the most critical patients
Ten hospitals—three in Alabama and seven in Australia—have been hit with paralyzing ransomware attacks that are affecting their ability to take new patients, it was widely reported on Tuesday.

All three hospitals that make up the DCH Health System in Alabama were closed to new patients on Tuesday as officials there coped with an attack that paralyzed the health network’s computer system. At least seven hospitals in Australia, meanwhile, were also feeling the effects of a ransomware attack that struck on Monday. The hospitals in Gippsland and southwest Victoria said they were rescheduling some patient services as they responded to a “cyber health incident.” “The cyber incident, which was uncovered on Monday, has blocked access to several systems by the infiltration of ransomware, including financial management,” hospital officials said. “Hospitals have isolated and disconnected a number of systems… to quarantine the infection.”

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