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Ransomware group targeting
Change Healthcare receives
$22M Bitcoin payment
BlackCat, the ransomware group responsible
for the cyberattack on UnitedHealth
Group's Change Healthcare,
received a $22 million payment in bitcoins,
according to a post the group
made online. Reuters reported the news
March 4.
Change Healthcare provides payment
and revenue cycle management
tools and is owned by UnitedHealth, the
country's biggest healthcare company.
Although UnitedHealth has not commented
on or confirmed the payment,
Reuters reports that a cryptocurrency
tracing firm has lent credibility to the
claim. UnitedHealth has responded that
it is " focused on the investigation and
the recovery. "
Billing services have been disrupted
since the February 21 cyberattack. On
Monday, the American Medical Association
requested help from the Biden
administration to pay physicians via
emergency funds due to the forced outage.
The cyber criminal organization
claims it stole six terabytes of data
from Change, including medical records
and Social Security numbers.
According to the US Department of
Justice, BlackCat is considered the second
most prolific ransomware-as-a-service
organization variant. Responsible
for attacks on government facilities,
emergency services, defense companies,
and healthcare facilities, the group
has been paid hundreds of millions in
ransoms.
-www.reuters.com/technology/cybersecurity/hacker-forum-post-claims-unitedhealth-paid-22-mln-ransom-bid-recoverdata-2024-03-05/
Surgeons
complete successful
first animal-to-human kidney
transplant
A 62-year-old man in Weymouth, Massachusetts,
is reportedly recovering well
several days after receiving the first animal
kidney to be transplanted successfully
into a living person. As noted in a
March 21 report in the Boston Globe,
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the operation at Massachusetts General
Hospital marked a new milestone
in the effort to make animal organs
compatible with human bodies.
Other examples of progress within
the past few years include two successful
pig heart transplants into men who
lived as long as 7 weeks, while kidney
experiments have focused on braindead
people and nonhuman primates,
the report notes.
The same company supplied pig
organs for the milestone kidney surgery
and the nonhuman primate experiments.
To make these operations possible,
the company uses CRISPR geneediting
technology to inactivate animal
viruses and to eliminate features that
would result in rejection by the human
body.
In the most recent case, the patient
reportedly volunteered for the surgery
after a donated kidney failed in its 5th
year and further procedures failed. He
was a viable candidate for the experiment
in part because he was in " reasonably
good health " aside from kidney
failure and diabetes, said the transplant
nephrologist and associate chief of the
renal division at Mass General
in the
Boston Globe report.
-www.bostonglobe.com/2024/03/21/
metro/first-mass-general-surgeons-transplant-pig-kidney-into-man/
US
well-represented in 'World's
Best Hospital' ranking
American hospitals fared well in Newsweek's
2024 " World's Best Hospital "
list, Becker's Hospital Review reported
February 28, noting that 43 candidates
from the US made the list of 250. Four
US hospitals ranked in the top 10, a
group singled out specifically for innovative
use of artificial intelligence to
advance medical discoveries.
In partnership with Statista, this
year's list was narrowed from data on
2,400 hospitals across 30 countries,
including the US, most of Western Europe,
10 countries in Asia, Australia,
and-for the first time since the list's
inception in 2019-Chile and Malaysia.
Scores are based on an online survey of
more than 85,000 medical experts and
public data from patient satisfaction
surveys. Evaluated metrics include hygiene,
patient/doctor ratio, and the use
of Patient Reported Outcome Measures.
-www.beckershospitalreview.com/rankings-and-ratings/43-us-hospitals-amongworlds-best-newsweek
Survey
reveals broad impact of
Change Healthcare cyberattack
The Change Healthcare cyberattack created
a financial impact for the lion's
share of US hospitals surveyed recently
by the American Hospital Association,
with more than half reporting " significant
or serious " impact and three of
every four also reporting direct impacts
on patient care. Responses were collected
from more than 1,000 hospitals
between March 9 and March 12.
Highlights include:
* 74% of hospitals report a direct
impact on patient care, with nearly
40% citing barriers to access resulting
from difficulties with prior authorization.
*
94% report some kind of financial
impact, which is " significant or serious "
for more than half
* 82% report an impact to cash flow
* 81% report that workarounds are
only somewhat successful.
* 11% say workarounds have not been
successful.
-www.aha.org/system/files/media/
file/2024/03/aha-survey-change-healthcare-cyberattack-significantly-disruptspatient-care-hospitals-finances.pdf
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