Practices see rise in cyberattacks during COVID-19 pandemic

Washington Connection - July 22, 2020

Risk & Compliance

Health Information Technology

July 16, 2020: Healthcare entities, including medical practices and hospitals, are seeing an increase in the number of cyberattacks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, practices are vulnerable to ransomware, a type of malware that locks valuable digital files and then demand a ransom in order for these files to be unlocked. As well, stealing electronic health records can be more valuable than getting access to credit card numbers alone, allowing thieves to file fraudulent insurance claims, obtain prescription medication, and steal identities. To assist in protecting your practice against cyberattacks, members are encouraged to visit the MGMA HIPAA Resource Center to access resources such as the Cybersecurity Action Steps for Medical Practices tool and the Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients resource developed by the federal government.

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