10% of CISOs say their organization diverted patients due to cyber incident in past year 

Hospital and health system chief information security officers have been navigating an increase in cyberattacks over the past year, with some experiencing EHR outages and needing to divert patients to other providers, according to a recent survey. 

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives teamed up with the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security to survey its CISO members about how cybersecurity incidents affected their healthcare organizations over the past year. The groups published their survey results Oct. 18. 

Four survey insights: 

1. Fifteen percent of CISOs reported a patient safety incident tied to a cyber event, and 10 percent of respondents said they experienced the need to divert patients to another care setting.

2. One-third of surveyed CISOs said they did not experience any cybersecurity incidents over the past 12 months. 

3. Nearly half of CISO participants said their organizations were hit by a phishing email attack or that business emails were compromised. 

4. Nearly 30 percent of CISOs said their organization experienced an outage with its EHR or other IT systems because of a cybersecurity incident. 

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