Ransomware Attack Associated With Disruptions at Adjacent Emergency Departments in the US
Dameff, C., Tully, J., and Chan, T. (2023). Ransomware Attack Associated With Disruptions at Adjacent Emergency Departments in the US. JAMA Network Open. 6(5):e2312270.
The authors examined patient volume and stroke metrics in an emergency department while a nearby, but separate facility experienced a month-long ransomware attack. They found that hospitals adjacent to health care facilities impacted by ransomware attacks may experience increases in patient census and impacts to time-sensitive care for conditions such as stroke. The authors conclude that ransomware attacks “should be considered a regional disaster” because of these impacts to neighboring hospitals.