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Healthcare, Don't Pay the Ransom

Stopping hackers from holding patient data hostage, plus IDC-10 denials and appeals, dictation and transcription, and more.

In a recent poll, only 25% of hospital executives responding to the poll were either unsure or had no way to know whether ransomware attacks were perpetrated against them.

When asked if they would pay a ransom to hackers who encrypted their patients' data in order to get it back, 50.8% said they would not; while 44.3% said they were unsure.

Ransomware attacks on the networks of healthcare organizations and other have grown six-fold over the past few years and the ransom amounts, usually requested to be paid in bitcoins, range from a couple of hundred dollars to tens of thousands. Once the ransom is paid, the hackers promise to deliver the digital keys to unencrypt the data so the business can continue operations.

The latest threats utilize 2048-bit encryption, which can only be reversed using the proper key.

So what can organizations do to protect against this kind of hack?

Read more in the cover story of this digital edition. Plus, find articles on the following topics for health information professionals:
  • ICD-10 Denials and Appeals
  • Dictation and Transcription
  • Patient Engagement
  • Business Intelligence
  • Next-Level Mobility in Healthcare  
  • Career Advice:Salary Negotiation  




Renee Martinez-Soukup,  Coding Analyst,  SMGAugust 12, 2016
Chicago, IL


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