Protecting Patient Data in Telehealth: A Look at the Latest Cybersecurity Initiatives in Healthcare

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

In the first part of the Triage series, Gina Bertolini, Sarah Carlins, and Jianne McDonald explore two recent initiatives by the Department of Health and Human Services aimed at addressing cybersecurity risks in hospitals and health systems across the country. Over the past five years, cybersecurity events affecting healthcare providers have increased dramatically, with the Office for Civil Rights reporting a nearly 300% surge in large data breaches involving ransomware from 2018 to 2022. This spike in cyber threats poses a significant challenge to the healthcare industry as remote care models become more prevalent and the demand for big data grows to support advanced technologies.

Sarah Carlins and Jianne McDonald focus on recent recommendations from the OCR in part one of the series, emphasizing 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.

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