May 16, 2023
If you haven’t read the news lately, you’ve probably missed a few headlines about the rise in cyberattacks against hospitals and the public health sector.
We are seeing more urgency to address this issue at all levels, but it’s particularly important for emergency managers to monitor the latest cyber developments in health care. Citing the rise in cyberattacks against hospitals and other public health organizations, the federal government last month launched free training for health care workers, as well as a new analysis of the hospital cybersecurity landscape.
The analysis from the federal government provides another reminder that the challenges we face aren’t getting easier.
“The attacks are now growing both in numbers and severity,” the analysis on hospital cyber resiliency said. “These attacks have been responsible for the disruption and delay of care delivery at health care facilities across the country, resulting in an increased risk to patient care and safety.”
A few observations from the report stood out to me:
We know that the stakes for our organizations are high, as these attacks can delay procedures, shut down labs, and cause other disruption that harms patient safety. This isn’t a complete doom-and-gloom story, but it’s important we take the time to see the digital threats around us.
Make it a habit to stay up to date on the latest headlines and news from the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center and other official sources. After all, the more we know about the threats around the corner, the better we can respond in real time.
For more information about health care cybersecurity, contact Jason Tomashunas, MS, CHEP, HAP manager, emergency management.
Tags: Emergency Preparedness | Health IT
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