A few days ago, multiple news agencies reported that there has been a large scale cyber-attack on healthcare agency networks worldwide. The New York Times and the Washington Post reported yesterday that hackers have exploited malware that was stolen from the National Security Agency (NSA) and have executed an attack on numerous healthcare agency networks, including the Britain’s public health system. The hackers have essentially held the system hostage freezing users from accessing data. The cyber-attack has spread to nearly 74 countries, including India, Africa, and several in South America countries. This cyber-attack highlights the vulnerability of many healthcare providers, including ambulance services who have become increasingly technology dependent.
If your service has not performed an Risk Analysis as required under the Security Rule by the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA), or have not performed the analysis in the last year, I suggest that you do so as soon as possible. If members are uncertain or concerned about how they can come into compliance with the requirements of HIPAA, please contact the consultants available as part of their AAA membership.