The following is a guest article by John Gaede, Director of Information Systems at Sky Lakes Medical Center that appeared on Healthcare IT Today.
Imagine a rural business is the victim of a cyberattack. A nefarious person or group convinces an unsuspecting employee to open an email promising a bonus. Within 12 hours, every piece of technology connected to that network, and every process needed to conduct daily operations, is paralyzed.
Now imagine that business is a hospital. It serves 80,000 people and it’s the only one within 10,000 square miles. Add to the scenario a global pandemic that is steadily ravaging the nation’s healthcare system. On October 27, 2020, Sky Lakes Medical Center went dark.
In a matter of hours, Sky Lakes became a healthcare facility without email, financial and clinical systems, or electronic medical records.
Read more at Healthcare IT Today.