Annie Wolf’s open-heart surgery was delayed following a major ransomware attack on Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The cyber breach, disclosed by Ardent Health Services on Thanksgiving, impacted 30 hospitals and over 200 healthcare sites across six states. As a precaution, non-emergent procedures were rescheduled and some patients were diverted to other hospitals. The healthcare sector has seen a surge in ransomware attacks, with 299 hospitals affected in 2023. Experts warn that such attacks can result in loss of life.
The recent cyber attack on Change Healthcare disrupted healthcare operations and impacted around a third of US patient records. The American Hospital Association, UnitedHealth Group