Health Care System Faces Increasing Cyber Threats

The cyberattack on MedStar Health -- one of the biggest health-care systems in the Washington region -- is a foreboding sign that an industry racing to digitize patient records and services faces a new kind of security threat that it is ill-prepared to handle, security experts and hospital officials say. As hospitals have become dependent on electronic systems to coordinate care, communicate critical health data and avoid medication errors, patients’ well-being may also be at stake when hackers strike.