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Experts Warn Hospitals Particularly Vulnerable To Cyberattacks: ‘There’s Going To Be Patients That Die’

Those who have studied health care’s specific vulnerabilities worry that hackers — working for enemy states or cybercrime groups — could train their digital sights directly on U.S. hospitals, health care networks and medical devices.

McClatchy: Cyber 'D-Day' May Be Near For Vulnerable U.S. Health Care System
Cyberattacks are accelerating worldwide and the U.S. health care system is dangerously unprepared to defend itself, or its patients. In the past two months, thousands of computers of the nation’s No. 3 pharmaceutical company, Merck, seized up amid a global cyberattack, cutting into production of medicines. (Johnson, 8/7)

Modern Healthcare: Internet-Based EHRs Gaining Some Customers But Still A Small Segment 
More and more, hospitals such as [Brad] Huerta's are following in the footsteps of physician groups and looking to the metaphorical sky for their EHR needs. Though Epic Systems Corp. and Cerner Corp. still dominate the hospital market with solutions that are mostly client-server based, cloud-based EHR vendor Athenahealth more than doubled the number of hospitals it has contracts with last year, and 90% of provider organizations surveyed by KLAS Research are either currently hosting or considering hosting their data off-premises, according to preliminary research. (Arndt, 8/7)

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