Research partly funded by the National Science Foundation links cyberattacks to increased death rates for certain patients. The study examined 264 data breaches that U.S. hospitals reported between 2011 and 2015 and found an additional 34 to 45 deaths per 1,000 heart-attack patients each year (Source; The Wall Street Journal).
Data breaches can interrupt hospital operations in the incident’s immediate aftermath and over time as the facility recovers. Breaches create distractions for doctors and divert resources from patient care. Further, just recently: A California radiology lab, an Ohio church and Microsoft email users were hacked in separate incidents. Ensure your organization has established a credible HIPAA and cybersecurity program.
Talk to ecfirst about performing a HIPAA and a cybersecurity assessment. HIPAA points to NIST, and NIST CsF is a credible framework to align an organization’s HIPAA program with.
Date: May 07, 2019