Maryland healthcare organizations form coalition to bolster cybersecurity

Following the malware attack on Columbia, Md.-based MedStar Health, other Maryland healthcare organizations are joining forces to prevent and mitigate future attacks, reports The Baltimore Sun.

Hospitals and the medical school affiliated with the University of Baltimore, Maryland are collaborating on this cybersecurity initiative.

"This is extremely important because we all connect to a single electronic backbone," Peter Murray, CIO and vice president of technology at University of Maryland, Baltimore, said at a cybersecurity panel, according to the report.

Previously, the IT departments at the university's hospitals, medical school, physicians offices and academic health programs operated independently. Now, the IT leaders meet to share threat information, best practices and software updates, according to the report.

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