Report: Ransomware Attacks Cost Healthcare Organizations $21B in 2020

Healthcare Innovation

Rajiv Leventhal

The number of ransomware attacks, as well as the number of patient records breached, both significantly increased from 2019 to 2020

Throughout last year, 92 individual ransomware attacks affected more than 600 separate clinics, hospitals, and organizations, and over 18 million patient records. The estimated cost of these attacks in total is nearly $21 billion, according to a recent analysis from security company Comparitech.

For the research, Comparitech gathered information on all of the ransomware attacks affecting healthcare organizations since 2016. Importantly, however, breaches are only published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) if they affect over 500 people. For those breaches impacting less than 500, the public might only find out if the healthcare organization undergoes severe...

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