he ransomware attack that crippled health services in the United Kingdom exposed a startling fact: Many hospitals had failed to install an available software patch that could have protected their computer systems.

The lack of adequate safeguards compromised patients’ safety and access to timely care. And in a world where cyber attacks are increasingly common, legal experts say such breakdowns can easily veer into digital malpractice.

This is a STAT Plus article and you can unlock it by subscribing to STAT Plus today. It's easy! Your first 30 days are free and if you don't enjoy your subscription you can cancel any time.
Already a subscriber? Log in here.

Leave a Comment

Please enter your name.
Please enter a comment.

Sign up for our Morning Rounds newsletter

Your daily dose of what’s new in health and medicine.