December 2, 2016 Conference
Cyber-security and Liability Issues
Return to Session
Bradley Fouraker (Presenter)
Speaker Session Topic
Cyber-security entails taking steps to protect against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data. In the medical office it means protecting electronic protected health information (ePHI). The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has stated: “One of the biggest current threats to health information privacy is the serious compromise of the integrity and availability of data caused by malicious cyber-attacks on electronic health information systems, such as through ransomware. The FBI has reported an increase in ransomware attacks and media have reported a number of ransomware attacks on hospitals.” http://www.hhs.gov/blog/2016/07/11/your-money-or-your-phi.html HIPAA privacy and security regulations make it imperative that ophthalmology practices begin to take steps to prevent, mitigate and recover from cyber-attacks. This includes establishing security practices in your office, including having adequate insurance coverage, and specific steps to take in response when a cyber attack occurs.