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Physician Cybersecurity

Viruses, malware and hackers pose a threat to patients and physician practices. Find tips to protect patient health records and other data from cyberattacks.
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The protection and security of electronic patient information is equally as important to the adoption of digital health tools as usability and interoperability

A national survey, Tackling Cyber Threats In Healthcare, conducted by the AMA and Accenture reveals 83% of 1,300 physician practices surveyed have already experienced a cyberattack—increasing the need to better support medical practices.

Digital Adoption Requires Medical Cybersecurity

According to the survey, physicians are greatly concerned about the theft of private patient information and loss of access to critical medication lists, diagnoses and lab results.

The research also showed the physician perspective is often missing from many major cybersecurity efforts. 

The AMA is well-positioned to better include the physician input in cybersecurity efforts going forward.

Medical Cybersecurity Issues

The main findings identified 3 key themes.

  1. Cybersecurity Is a Patient Safety Issue

  2. Physician Practices Rely on Health IT Vendors for Network and System Security

  3. HIPAA Compliance Is Not Enough to Protect Patient Records

Physician Cybersecurity Resources

The AMA has also developed tips and advice on protecting your computers and network to keep your patient health records and other data safe from cyberattacks.

Cybersecurity Improvements

The AMA continues its work to improve health care cybersecurity. 

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