Practices to guard against cyberattacks
Health care and security experts from the public and private sectors have recently released a packet of materials to help physicians guard against cyberattacks. Particular attention has been paid to small medical practices. 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:
The AMA continues its work to improve health care cybersecurity.