October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). This year the health care industry has worked with the federal government to create several resources to help physicians, clinicians, and office staff guard against cyberattacks.
In an effort to spread awareness of cybersecurity across your organization, a packet of infographics, images and posters have been developed along with simple instructions to help you create an informative and engaging email campaign. The email campaign instructions and images can be found in the NCSAM Package.
Additionally, health care and security experts have developed a set useful materials to help guard your entire medical practice against cyberattacks. These materials have been designed with small to medium-sized medical practices in mind. The main document (Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices) explores the five most relevant and current threats to physician offices and recommends 10 cybersecurity practices to help mitigate these threats. Technical volumes 1 and 2 provides the “how” so physicians and office administrators can implement these practices in their small, medium or large health care organizations.
Digital health technology adoption requires medical cybersecurity
According to a first-of-its kind 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 three 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.
Download and share with your staff and IT:
- How to improve your cybersecurity practices (PDF)
- Cybersecurity checklist for office computers (PDF)
- Protect your practice and your patients from cybersecurity threats (PDF)
- Infographic: Cybersecurity in health care (PDF)
The AMA continues its work to improve health care cybersecurity.
- AMA letter to OIG on “Solicitation of new Safe Harbors and Special Fraud Alerts" (PDF)
- AMA letter to Congress on cybersecurity and the use of legacy technologies in health care (PDF)
- AMA letter to FDA on "Developing a Software Precertification Program: A Working Model" (PDF)
- AMA statement to FDA on intersection of big data, privacy and competition (PDF)