Microsoft launches cybersecurity initiative for rural hospitals in the USA – Technology Record

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Alice Chambers |

11 June 2024

Microsoft will provide a range of free and discounted cybersecurity services to rural hospitals in the USA to help them in their efforts to prevent cyberattacks.

The new Microsoft Cybersecurity Program for Rural Hospitals aims to support the cybersecurity needs of these organisations and will deliver technology services for these hospitals, along with free training and support. Larger hospitals that already use Microsoft services will have access to more advanced Microsoft security at no cost for a year.

This initiative is part of a collaboration between Microsoft, the White House, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the National Rural Health Association. The groups have worked together over the last few months to identify what services and solutions would be “valuable and impactful for hospitals as they continue to strengthen their cybersecurity efforts,” according to an AHA press release.

As part of the programme, Microsoft will help to  provide resources and services to up to 2,100 hospitals across the USA, which serve over 60 million Americans.

“Rural hospitals are often the primary source of healthcare in their communities, so keeping them open and safe from cyberattacks is critical,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA. “We appreciate Microsoft stepping forward to offer its expertise and resources to help secure part of America’s healthcare safety net.”

Microsoft is also working towards its AI for Health programme, which works with nonprofits, researchers and organisations on global health challenges for advancements in telemedicine and clinical decision-making.

“Healthcare should be available no matter where you call home, and the rise in cyberattacks threatens the viability of rural hospitals and impact communities across the USA,” said Justin Spelhaug, corporate vice president of Microsoft Philanthropies. “Microsoft is committed to delivering vital technology security and support at a time when these rural hospitals need them most.”

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