June 28, 2022
As health care transitions to the digital age, it faces new challenges in cybersecurity and data.
A new audit released this week from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights the importance of protecting sensitive information for insurers, providers, health care clearinghouses, and other health groups. The GAO report noted the number of hacking and IT (information technology) incidents had increased by 843 percent since 2015.
“While the increasing use of health IT systems have the potential to improve health care quality, they can be vulnerable to the loss or unauthorized disclosure of PII (personally identifiable information) and PHI (protected health information),” the report notes.
Among the takeaways:
The report is available to review online.
HAP is committed to supporting Pennsylvania’s hospital community as it prepares for and responds to cybersecurity and data threats. Pennsylvania’s hospitals are focused on emergency preparedness and planning to protect patient information and deliver outstanding care in their communities.
Read more about the best practices and key insights to establish a cybersecurity plan. For more information, contact Jason Tomashunas, MS, CHEP, HAP’s manager, emergency management.
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