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AOs on alert: Review policies on cyberattacks after FBI warning

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January 16, 2021

by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

Review your hospital policies about preventing ransomware and other kinds of cybersecurity attacks on your electronic health information systems. New alerts are being issued, and cybersecurity is becoming more of a concern to CMS and accrediting organizations (AO) as a threat to patient safety if medical records are unavailable or services are halted to deal with computer intrusions.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a joint advisory along with the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warning hospitals and health systems about an "increased and imminent cybercrime threat."

The advisory described the tactics, techniques, and procedures used by cybercriminals to infect healthcare providers with Ryuk ransomware, according to HealthLeaders, a brand of Simplify Compliance.

Review your hospital policies about preventing ransomware and other kinds of cybersecurity attacks on your electronic health information systems. New alerts are being issued, and cybersecurity is becoming more of a concern to CMS and accrediting organizations (AO) as a threat to patient safety if medical records are unavailable or services are halted to deal with computer intrusions.



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