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Ransomware attacks on health care triple

Health care operators are being heavily targeted by ransomware fraudsters. Research from cybersecurity firm Barracuda suggests attacks tripled over the past 12 months, compared to last year. Two thirds of health care organisations were hit by ransomware in 2021 - up from a third in 2020 - according to a survey covering 31 countries, by software security firm Sophos which released its annual report on ransomware in June.

FREE BLOG Are UK NHS dentists facing extinction?

On July 5, 1948, Aneurin Bevan established the core principles of the UK NHS, designed to meet the needs of all, and free at the point of delivery. Dentistry has been walking its own path for some time now, however, and NHS dentistry is unequivocally in crisis.

FREE BLOG Can ESG transform capitalism – or is it just corporate guff?

ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance - is all the rage in corporate circles these days. Mention of ESG in S&P 500 quarterly earnings calls has increased almost a hundred fold since 2017. And it’s not just energy companies and other big polluters who are making attempts to incorporate it into their strategies. Since Covid, healthcare services companies are increasingly doing so as well. Many healthcare companies are choosing to focus particularly on the S part of ESG, emphasising their ability to improve access to healthcare and contribute to a healthier society.

Going international is hard for hospital groups

Vivalto Sante has taken the brave step of going international. That is a bold decision for a hospital business based in a single European country. Very few have succeeded in doing this and those that have are top players buying top players. We think of Fresenius Helios buying Quiron in Spain, Ramsay buying Generale de Santé in France and then Capio in Sweden, and Mediclinic buying Hirslanden in Switzerland. 

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