Explaining the Recent Ransomware Attacks on Hospitals

Cyber-security is of increasing concern to all types of businesses, and healthcare providers are no exception. Following recent ransomware attacks on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and other hospitals around the country, Healthcare Matters sat down with Tom Andre, Vice President for Information Services at the Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP) to discuss what happened and its implications for hospital cyber-security.

In the first part of our interview series, What You Need to Know: Hospital Ransomware Attacks, Mr. Andre describes what a ransomware attack is and how it targets its victims by holding data and systems ‘hostage.’ Mr. Andre explains how hackers use file encryption to do this, only providing a decryption key after the ransom is paid. See below to watch Part I of the series. To view the full interview, click here.


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