Cybersecurity Threats Top ECRI's 2018 Health Tech Hazards List
ECRI Institute's latest annual top-10 list of "health technology hazards" list names "ransomware and other cybersecurity threats" as the number-one hazard. In fact, several items on the 2018 list point to safety risks emanating from the "digital aspects" of patient care and hospital operations.
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