A March 12, 2019, article by author, Mackenzie Garrity, in Becker's Hospital Review (in the Becker's Health IT & CIO Report), is entitled, "5% of hospital IT budgets go to cybersecurity despite 82% of hospitals reporting breaches". According to the article: "As the gatekeeper of Social Security numbers, medical information and health insurance data, hospitals are big targets for hackers. But, healthcare providers only spent about 5 percent of their IT budgets on security last year according to a survey by global research and advisory company Gartner." Garrity continued, "The healthcare sector fell behind banking and financial services which spent 7.3 percent of their IT budgets on cybersecurity as well as retail and wholesale services which spent 6.1 percent, The Chicago Tribune reports."

The article stated that, according to a HIMSS cybersecurity survey, "82 percent of hospital IT security leaders reported a 'significant security incident' in the last 12 months." Garrity reported that, "healthcare providers are beginning to come around to the importance of cybersecurity," with approximately, "38 percent of healthcare organizations" having "increased their cybersecurity spending from 2017 to 2018," according to the HIMSS survey.

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