AMA Issues Guidance to Help Healthcare Organizations Mitigate COVID-19 Cyber Risks

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

The American Medical Association has warned hospitals, health systems, and medical practices about the increase in cyber risks targeting the healthcare sector and has provided recommendations on the steps that can be taken to ensure threats are mitigated and network security is improved.

Laura Hoffman, AMA assistant director of federal affairs, explained the current threats in a recent AMA COVID-19 Update and announced a new resource has been developed by the AMA and American Hospital Association (AHA) on technology considerations for healthcare organizations for the remainder of 2020 to improve network security and bolster patient privacy efforts.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many new challenges for healthcare organizations which are having to treat increased numbers of patients while working in ways that may be unfamiliar. The pandemic has seen a major expansion of telehealth services, with many patients now receiving care virtually using new technology platforms.

These new technologies and platforms have...

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