May 24, 2024 12:38 am
“Exploring Cybersecurity Risks in the Health System: Part One” | HUB

In the first part of the Triage series, Gina Bertolini, Sarah Carlins, and Jianne McDonald explore two recent initiatives by the Department of Health and Human Services aimed at mitigating cybersecurity risks in hospitals and health systems nationwide. Over the past five years, cybersecurity incidents affecting healthcare providers have surged dramatically, with the Office for Civil Rights reporting a nearly 300% increase in large data breaches involving ransomware from 2018 to 2022. This exponential rise in cyber threats poses a significant challenge to the healthcare industry as telehealth models become more widespread and there is an increasing demand for big data to support advanced technologies.

In part one of the series, Sarah Carlins and Jianne McDonald focus on recommendations from the OCR regarding cybersecurity measures for both healthcare providers and patients engaging in telehealth services. The federal government underscores the importance of clear communication about electronic health information privacy and security to ensure quality care in telehealth settings. As healthcare providers continue to adopt telehealth services and digital technologies, it will be critical to maintain robust cybersecurity measures to safeguard sensitive patient data.

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