A breaking article in today's (November 6, 2017) edition of Modern Healthcare, by staff writer, Rachel Z. Arndt, is entitled, "Cybersecurity threats pose biggest healthcare hazard, ECRI reports". Arndt states in the article that, "according to a new report from the ECRI Institute... ransomware and cybersecurity threats (are) at the top of its technology hazards list for 2018."
The article continues, "As expected, the number of data breaches in healthcare is on the rise. So far, there have been more data breaches in 2017 than there were in 2016. Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 1, 2017, there were 255 breaches submitted to the Office for Civil Rights that are still under investigation and another 34 breaches that have been resolved—a total of 289. That's up 12.5% from the same period last year, when 257 breaches were reported."
According to Arndt, among further threats, are new ransomware threats, including, "BadRabbit", and, to policy and enforcement, that the "Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology faces a reduced budget".
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