Medical cybersecurity: a virtual battleground that could cripple your practice
Posted Oct 24, 2021 from kevinmd.com
Cybersecurity issues are here to stay, and we need to remain vigilant to protect our patients and our practices.
Imagine it’s early Monday morning, and you’re getting to your office. When you start up your computer to look at your schedule and bring up your first patient’s chart, you can’t get into your system. The next thing you see is a message from some hacker demanding bitcoin to release access to your data. You are yet another victim of a ransomware attack.
Since 2020, the number of cyberattacks in the medical industry has skyrocketed. It seems that we see reports of a new attack every time we check the news. Major hospital systems have been held hostage for millions of dollars – not including the millions in lost revenue lost while systems are down, and patients cannot get the care they need. Independent medical practices are not immune. Have you prepared?