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Doctors Regain EHR Access After Ransomware Targets Vendor

A recent ransomware attack on electronic health records and practice management software vendor Greenway Health, which affected several hundred physician group practices using its cloud-based applications, is a reminder to all healthcare providers of the risks that vendors can pose.

Keith Fricke, a partner and principal consultant at tw-Security, notes that most ransomware attacks in healthcare that make headlines tend to be “about the malware infections at hospitals” and not so much about cloud providers. …… “It is possible for ransomware to encrypt files of a cloud-based system if a system administrator has a drive mapping to the backend file system for support purposes.” ….

 

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