CommonSpirit confirms large-scale ransomware attack

The fourth-largest US hospital system, Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, is struggling with the impact of a major cyberattack, more than a week after it began disrupting electronic health record access and delaying care in multiple regions across the country. Beyond confirming the attack, the system has not provided many details, other than that it took immediate steps to protect its systems and has begun an investigation.

The Gist: Healthcare hacking is on the rise—our industry experienced the largest increase in cyberattacks of any in 2021. Sitting on troves of valuable patient data, health systems must ready themselves for the reality that hacking attempts are no longer a question of “if,” but “when.” Now is the time not only to ensure proper safeguards are in place to prevent such attacks, but also to prepare response plans for once a hack is confirmed, to be able to continue patient care amid disruption when time is of the essence and patient lives are at stake. 

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