“Exploring Cybersecurity Risks in the Health System: Part One” | HUB

From Privacy to Protection: Navigating Cybersecurity Risks in Telehealth and Digital Healthcare

Healthcare providers and patients are becoming increasingly reliant on telehealth services and digital technologies as remote care models become more prevalent. However, with this shift comes a significant challenge: cybersecurity threats. Over the past five years, the healthcare industry has seen a dramatic increase in cybersecurity events affecting providers, with the Office for Civil Rights reporting a nearly 300% surge in large data breaches involving ransomware from 2018 to 2022.

In part one of the Triage series, Gina Bertolini, Sarah Carlins, and Jianne McDonald delve into two recent initiatives by the Department of Health and Human Services aimed at addressing these risks. They highlight the importance of clear communication regarding the privacy and security of electronic health information in order to ensure quality care in telehealth settings. The federal government emphasizes that maintaining robust cybersecurity measures will be crucial in safeguarding sensitive patient data as healthcare providers continue to adopt telehealth services and digital technologies.

Sarah Carlins and Jianne McDonald also focus on recent recommendations from the OCR, which underscore the need for healthcare providers to implement strong cybersecurity protocols when using telehealth services. They emphasize that protecting sensitive patient information is not just a legal obligation but also a moral responsibility for healthcare providers. As such, it’s essential for them to prioritize cybersecurity measures to protect their patients’ private information from potential cyber threats.

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