Cybersecurity is more critical than ever in healthcare. A survey of U.S. physicians by Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA) found that 83 percent of physician practices have experienced some form of cyberattack, such as phishing and viruses. Seventy-four percent cited interruption to their clinical practice as a primary concern.
Ransomware also has become a risk, as attackers know health providers will pay to restore their networks as quickly as possible to avoid patient-care interruption. For healthcare institutions, the number of reported major IT/hacking events attributed to ransomware increased by 89 percent from 2016 to 2017.