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Most healthcare organizations have suffered data breaches, survey shows

While healthcare organizations spent more on information technology from 2016 to 2017, the number of cyberattacks also increased, according to a new survey from the Ponemon Institute.

The healthcare organizations surveyed experienced an average of 16 cyberattacks each in 2017, up from 11 the year before, with the majority of respondents saying patient data had been breached or lost in the last year.

Healthcare organizations with chief information security officers and incident response plans fared the best with these costly threats. Each cyberattack costs nearly $4 million to recover from, while each healthcare organization spent an average of $30 million on IT in 2017.

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