As cyberattacks on medical networks continue to affect healthcare institutions across the country, organizations who are directly at risk of these attacks are seeking government assistance.

From January through June, the Office of Civil Rights tallied 256 hacks and information breaches, up from 149 for the same period a year ago. It’s a continuing trend from last year: Cybersecurity outfit Sophos reports that in 2021, attacks on health systems were up 66 percent over 2020.

Now some health systems are asking the federal government to step in and provide more security for what they consider critical national infrastructure.

Lee Milligan, chief information officer at Asante Health System in Oregon, said he is encouraged that President Joe Biden has taken steps to help secure the nation against cyber threats, but wants Washington to work more directly with health systems to shoulder the burden of the attacks.

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