A suspected ransomware attack on Universal Health Services is an existential crisis for healthcare organizations that needs to be addressed, according to one security expert.
An IT network for 400 healthcare facilities in the U.S. has been shut down due to malware, and the healthcare services provider is still battling the crippling cyberattack.
Universal Health Services Inc. is a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest healthcare services providers in the U.S., serving 3.5 million patients a year with annual revenues of $11.4 billion for 2019. In a press release, the organization said there is no indication that patient or employee data has been accessed, copied or misused since the attack occurred Sunday. Its acute care and behavioral health facilities are currently relying on backup processes, including offline documentation methods, to deliver patient care.
Caleb Barlow, CEO of CynergisTek provides his expertise in this article regarding the Universal Health Services ransomware attack.
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