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Christopher A. Longhurst: Healthcare cyber attacks can impact mortality
Apr 22, 2024, 12:31

Christopher A. Longhurst: Healthcare cyber attacks can impact mortality

Quoting Christopher A. Longhurst, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Digital Officer at UC San Diego Health, shared on X/Twitter:

“Healthcare cyber attacks can impact mortality. Survival with favorable neurologic outcome after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) decreased from 40% to 4.5% during a regional ransomware cyberattack! A brief thread:

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Why would OHCA survival rates drop during a regional cyberattack? ‘While speculative, EMS diversions may have contributed to worse outcomes for OHCAs by prolonging time to advanced resuscitation and post-arrest care.’

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The ‘delay in care’ hypothesis is consistent with prior studies like this one which showed patients had longer ambulance transport times and higher 30-day mortality when hospitals were impacted by local marathons!

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This work supports the conclusion of last year’s JAMA Network Open study which suggested that ransomware attacks should be treated as regional disasters.

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Many thanks to my co-authors for this work! And very glad that the UC San Diego Health Center for Healthcare Cybersecurity is innovating new ways to prevent and mitigate these attacks.”

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Source: Christopher A. Longhurst/X


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