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Infographic: 5 Fast Facts On Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

Analysis  |  By Marie DeFreitas  
   May 01, 2024

The healthcare industry is a prime target for ransomware attacks.

Healthcare is no stranger to cyber-attacks, and ransomware attacks accounted for 249 of them last year, costing the industry millions. The recent Change Healthcare attack shook the country and sent health systems into chaos. It’s also likely the biggest ransomware attack on healthcare, affecting 1 in 3 Americans. 

Cyber-attacks can lead not only to massive data breaches, financial loss, and hardship, but also lawsuits and public distrust in health systems in how they manage and protect consumer health data. 

With healthcare being a prime target for cyber-attacks, usually through phishing emails, health systems must prepare actionable response plans for cyberattacks and educate their systems on the facts surrounding cyber-attacks, particularly ransomware attacks. 

Check out this infographic for 5 quick facts about ransomware attacks on the healthcare industry.


Marie DeFreitas is the finance editor for HealthLeaders.

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