Cybersecurity, Vulnerabilities Not Priorities for Most Hospitals

Health IT Security

Jill McKeon

Most hospital IT teams say that cybersecurity is not a high investment priority, despite a growing number of cyberattacks in the healthcare industry, according to a report conducted in by CyberMDX in partnership with Philips, emailed to HealthITSecurity.

The partners surveyed health IT and information security (IS) executives, along with biomedical technicians and engineers with an average of 15 years of experience. Almost half of respondents reported being forced to shut down operations in the last six months due to a cyber threat.

Large hospitals reported having to shut down for an average of 6.2 hours at $21,500 per hour. But midsize hospitals were hit hardest, shutting down for an average of 10 hours at a rate of $45,700 per hour.

Despite the exorbitant costs and frequency of cyberattacks, only 11 percent of respondents said that cybersecurity is a high priority spend. Two out of three respondents said...

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