Physicians that experienced downtime due to a cyber attack in U.S. 2017

This statistic depicts the percentage of physicians in the U.S. that experienced a select amount of downtime or a suspension of normal operations as a result of a cyber attack on their practice, as of 2017. According to the survey, about 64 percent of physicians experienced a downtime of 4 hours or less after a cyber attack. For four percent of respondents, the downtime lasted for more than 2 days.

Downtime experienced by U.S. physicians due to cyber attacks as of 2017

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Release date



United States

Survey time period

July and August 2017

Number of respondents

base: 1,300 physicians

Special properties

only those respondents that experienced cyber attacks

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: "How long were your practice's normal operations suspended due to the cybersecurity attack? (Note: Normal operations means appointments were not rescheduled or cancelled, electronic records were accessible, etc.)"

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