A Summer of Data Breach Discontent

August 16, 2019 Mayuri Kumar

When we look at many of the biggest healthcare data breaches reported so far this summer, two big culprits pop out: ransomware attacks and vendor mishaps.

Making headlines are more and more ransomware attacks on healthcare providers - including one on Grays Harbor Community Hospital and its medical group involving a $1 million ransom demand. Also in the news week after week are reports on additional organizations affected by the mega-breach at American Medical Collection Agency - a debt collector vendor (until recently, anyway) for many of the country's largest medical laboratories.

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