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Cyberattacks on Hospitals Thwart India's Push to Digitize Healthcare

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Logo of New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences

In a late-November cyber attack on the on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, computers at the hospital stopped working, so medical reports and billing information could not be printed out.

Credit: All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Massive cyberattacks targeting hospitals in India have undermined the nation's healthcare digitization initiatives.

Last month, hackers compromised the health data of millions of patients at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences with ransomware.

The breach has unsettled observers about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's National Digital Health Mission to digitize all Indians' health records, since India lacks resilient cybersecurity systems and strong data protection laws.

The mission makes hospitals responsible for storing and protecting patient data, but Srinivas Kodali with the Free Software Movement of India says the government should provide such protection if the goal is to establish a unique national health ID.

From NPR
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