Does improved infosec lead to delayed care and more fatal heart attacks in hospitals?

Nsikan Akpan has a report on PBS that is worth reading, especially now that I’ve gotten rid of their headline that I really really really didn’t think was accurate. Apkan starts by reminding us all how a ransomware attack on a hospital could have life-threatening consequences.  But the main point of his piece is to discuss research that suggests that improvements to data security by hospitals may result in delays in care that can increase mortality.  Towards that end, he discusses a study published in October’s issue of Health Services Research.

You can read his whole piece on And you should probably read the entire study report, also linked above.  Even a quick skim of the study left me with a number of questions and concerns about their methodology and their interpretations, but I need to find time to really read it all carefully.

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