As the healthcare industry continues along its accelerated path toward digital record-keeping and electronic medical records (EMRs), hospitals and healthcare facilities of all sizes must prepare for very real possibility of being hit with a cyberattack.
Of course, that’s easier said than done, which is why this month we’re honing in on cybersecurity safety as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), an initiative between the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The month of October is an important time to remind and refresh our healthcare communities of the absolute necessity to be on point when it comes to your hospital’s EHR security.
In recent years, according to the InfoSec Institute, stealing medical records has become a multibillion-dollar business on the black market, with such records estimated to be up to 20 times more valuable than a credit card number. With stolen records, hackers can make phony insurance claims, order prescription drugs, buy equipment to resell on the black market, or even use them for themselves or sell them to others—really, the options are as endless as they are profitable.
The reports of hacked hospitals have stacked up over the past few years. In 2017, FortiGuard Labs, a security protection firm, reported that healthcare facilities saw an average of nearly 32,000 attacks per day per organization compared to more than 14,300 attacks per organizations in other industries. Meanwhile, in the second quarter of 2018, 3.15 million patient records were compromised in 142 different healthcare breaches, according to the Protenus Breach Barometer.
Furthermore, the Protenus report found that “30 percent of privacy violations involved repeat offenders, indicating that health systems accumulate risk that compounds over time when proper reporting and education do not occur."
As hospitals face growing threats and hackers become more sophisticated in their attacks, hospitals must perform healthcare cybersecurity checkups or risk compromising the following:
Guaranteeing the safety and security of your hospital is no small task, but it is an essential one. Learn how MEDHOST can help you safeguard your hospital or healthcare facility with our complete cloud solutions managed by our team of highly experienced experts.
Check out the MEDHOST Minute Blog for more videos and blogs on the healthcare industry’s evolving cybersecurity landscape throughout October and NCSAM.