Further evidence of a worrying trend whereby healthcare providers have become legitimate targets for ransomeware attacks.

Lives being put at risk - with access to a patient's records and doctor's notes prevented - ultimately results in healthcare providers being more motivated than most organisations to simply pay the ransom.

In the same way governments refuse to negotiate with terrorists, industry best practice suggests it is preferable to not pay the ransom, in the hope of spoiling the ransomware business model. 

Choosing whether or not to pay the ransom is likely to be an excruciating decision, as while it immediately gives access back to vital patient records, it's only likely to encourage more ransomware attacks as the creators search for a reliable pay day.