Research Grants

Funding For:

The Effect of Hospital Ransomware Attacks on Health Care Delivery and Patient Outcomes

Cost & Quality


Hannah Neprash, University of Minnesota

Grant Period:

Jan 01, 2023 - Dec 31, 2024



Summary of the Project:

Despite increased occurrences, the lack of data on ransomware attacks has impeded research. This research team will use a newly developed database to analyze how hospital ransomware attacks affect health care delivery and patient outcomes. The findings will provide new evidence for ongoing debates and legislative proposals about improving the cybersecurity of critical US infrastructure – including hospitals.

Media Coverage

October 5, 2023

Ransomware Attacks: Bad for Hospitals, Deadly for Patients

Tradeoffs Podcast

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October 20, 2023

Ransomware attacks against hospitals put patients' lives at risk, researchers say


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Grantee Publications

September 2023

Characteristics of short-term acute care hospitals that experienced a ransomware attack from 2016 to 2021

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Author: Claire McGlave, Sayeh Nikpay, Carrie Henning-Smith, Katie Rydberg, Hannah Neprash