HIMSS 2022: Why cyberattacks pose such a threat to patient safety

Chief Healthcare Executive

Ron Southwick

Healthcare systems must see guarding against breeches as an essential part of keeping patients safe, a doctor and top cybersecurity expert explained at the HIMSS conference.

Orlando, Florida – Christian Dameff says he’d like to see more candid discussions about how cyberattacks threaten patient safety.

Dameff, an emergency physician and assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of California San Diego, talked about the risks Monday at a session of the HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition. Cyber attacks pose serious threats to healthcare systems and their ability to treat patients, he said.

If doctors can’t access electronic health records, for example, they won’t be able to determine if patients are allergic to certain medications.

Ideally, Dameff, who has...

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