New AHA, AMA cybersecurity resource for physicians

The AHA and American Medical Association have released a resource to help physicians working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic protect their personal computer, network and mobile devices safe from cyber-threats that could disrupt their practice, the hospital or negatively impact their patients’ safety and well-being.

The resource includes recommended actions to strengthen and safeguard their home computer and network, smart phones and tablets, confidential information and patient records.

“Our field has made great strides to enhance our cybersecurity efforts, but even so, ransomware attacks in the U.S. have doubled over the last three months, with health care ranking as the most attacked sector,” said John Riggi, AHA’s senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk. “As we close out National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it’s a great opportunity for health care providers across the field to reassess their security posture and identify cyber vulnerabilities which could disrupt patient care, threaten patient data or risk patient safety.”

For more on hospital and health system cybersecurity and risk issues, contact Riggi at jriggi@aha.org.