The future of medical appointments will be remote. Here's how hospitals are making the transition and dodging new cyber threats, according t

June 19, 2020

Dr Greg Gulbransen takes part in a telemedicine call with a patient while maintaining visits with both his regular patients and those confirmed to have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at his pediatric practice in Oyster Bay, New York, U.S., April 13, 2020.

Dr Greg Gulbransen takes part in a telemedicine call with a patient while maintaining visits with both his regular patients and those confirmed to have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at his pediatric practice in Oyster Bay, New York, U.S., April 13, 2020. Picture taken April 13, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The doctor will see you now — but it likely won't be in person.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare organizations to move much of their medicine online in recent months in an attempt to reduce the density of patients at hospitals and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Doctors have turned en masse to messaging services and videoconferencing apps to treat their patients.

Now, the shift to telemedicine could prove permanent. But cybersecurity experts warn that remote healthcare could pose unprecedented threats if not implemented carefully, and hospitals whose budgets have been stretched thin by COVID-19 and shutdowns are uniquely vulnerable to ransomware attacks.

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