Only Half of Healthcare Professionals Report Their IT Infrastructure Is Safe from Cyber Attacks | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Only Half of Healthcare Professionals Report Their IT Infrastructure Is Safe from Cyber Attacks

July 17, 2017
by Heather Landi
| Reprints

According to the Medical Group Management Association’s (MGMA) most recent MGMA Stat poll, only 55 percent of healthcare professionals said they believe that their organization’s information technology (IT) infrastructure is secure against attacks.

Meanwhile, 15 percent of healthcare professionals responded they do not think their information technology infrastructure is secure, and another 15 percent responded that they are working on securing their information technology infrastructure.

What’s more, a final 15 percent said that they were unsure of their IT infrastructure’s security against an attack.

The poll was conducted July 11, 2017 and reflects the responses of 1,236 healthcare professionals.

Almost one-third (30 percent) of respondents said their organization has faced some form of cyberattack, while a little more than half (54 percent) reported they had not been attacked and 12 percent said they were unsure.

After the recent WannaCry and “Petya” global ransomware attacks and other numerous attacks, MGMA Government Affairs recommends that practice leaders take active steps to protect their practices against cyberattack, including conducting a HIPAA security risk assessment, updating operating systems and antivirus software, encrypting systems and files containing patient information and frequently training staff on malware protection protocols.

 

 

Get the latest information on Cybersecurity and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Healthcare Groups Call for Improvements to Prior Authorization Process

A collaborative of healthcare organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the Medical Group Management Association, released a joint statement this week calling for improved prior authorization procedures, including automating the process to improve transparency and efficiency.

Aetna to Pay $17M in HIV Privacy Breach Lawsuit

Hartford-based Aetna is settling a lawsuit for $17 million over a privacy breach in which the insurer potentially revealed the HIV status of thousands of customers via letters that were mailed out.

Four Health Systems Plan to Form Not-for-Profit Generic Drug Company

Four health systems, in consultation with the VA, have announced that they are collaborating to develop a new, not-for-profit generic drug company with the aim of making generic medications more available and more affordable for patients and bringing more competition to the generic drug market.

Health Sciences South Carolina Wins ‘Best in Show’ at FHIR Applications Roundtable

At the HL7 FHIR Applications Roundtable held in New Orleans in December, Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) was voted Best in Show for its clinical data repository for South Carolina hospitals.

2018 Most Influential Women in Health IT Awardees Announced

Four healthcare IT leaders—Ann O’Brien, R.N., Judy Murphy, R.N., Jessica Kahn and Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono—have been named as the 2018 awardees of HIMSS’ Most Influential Women in Health IT.

Reports: DoD-Cerner EHR Rollout Postponed for 8 Weeks

The Department of Defense (DoD) and Cerner are suspending their MHS Genesis electronic health record (EHR) modernization project for eight weeks, according to multiple media reports.