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August 2022   Volume 3Issue 8
Health Law Connections

Patient Cyber Harm: Strategies and Tips for Prevention, Preparation, Risk Management, and Transparency

AHLA thanks the leaders of the Health Information and Technology Practice Group for contributing this feature article.
  • August 01, 2022
  • Gerard Nussbaum , Zarach Associates LLC
  • Elizabeth Hodge , Akerman LLP
  • Sean Sullivan , Alston & Bird LLP
  • Scott Bennett , Microchip Technology
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In 2020, at the height of the COVID pandemic lockdown, Russian-affiliated cybercriminals planned to attack and bring down more than 400 U.S. hospitals. Thanks to action by U.S. authorities and security researchers, this plot was foiled.1 While this particular attack failed, health care entities are routinely hit by cyberattacks, bringing down networks, applications, and communication systems. In general, health care delivery organizations (HDOs), which range in size from multi-hospital health systems to single physician practices, are not as well prepared as many other industries to prevent and respond to cyberattacks.2

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