Healthcare Security is not a Competitive Position

By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick
Twitter: @drnic1
Host of Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist#TheIncrementalist

On this episode I spoke to Daniel Brodie (@db_doskey), CTO and Co-Founder of Cynerio (@cynerio) who are working to improve healthcare security one incremental step at a time. Daniel entered into the healthcare world a little surprised by the state of security and infrastructure that he found in facilities and set about finding ways to develop solutions.

We discuss the details of the Cyber attack on the Colonial Pipeline company that focused the spotlight of the nation on cyber attacks and ransomware and the havoc they can bring to our world. Interesting to note that the point of entry and the actual disruption was in a sub-system of the company but it still brought about chaos to our fuel supplies.

Episode NOW on Demand

Death by Ransomware

We discuss the payment of ransoms and the non-payment of ransoms as Scripps University did, leading to down time of 4 weeks or more and review the ever increasing number of hacks and attacks on the healthcare industry with healthcare seeing an increase of 123% in attacks last year and with the lucrative nature of medical records, they are likely to continue increasing. These attacks can have dire consequences for hospitals, not just on their revenue, but worse, they can be life threatening and we have now seen the tragic case of Alabama-based Springhill Medical Center alleged death caused by Ransomware

Listen in to hear why healthcare remains high on the target list, what institutions can and should be doing about it and what regulatory steps are being taken and what the future looks like in protecting our all important healthcare system and the important perspective that perhaps the “Wall of Shame” is not helpful in our ongoing fight for better healthcare security.

About the Show
For years Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, has served as a voice on the impact of new technologies on healthcare, earning a reputation as a leading authority on where the future of medicine is going. Combining powers of observation and real world experience, Dr. Nick has seen many predictions come true and makes the case that innovations in healthcare can be accomplished incrementally, not just by moonshot events. Tune in to hear Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist and his guests discuss what the future of healthcare looks like, how we will get there, and what it will take to improve healthcare for all.

This article was originally published on the Dr. Nick – The Incrementalist blog and is republished here with permission.