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Tuesday, June 9, 2020 1:45 PM

Learning from COVID-19 and Planning for Tomorrow

Written by Rich Murphy, Product Director - iatricSystems

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Even as states begin to lift some of the COVID-19 restrictions and businesses begin to reopen, healthcare organizations still face many of the same challenges presented at the beginning of this pandemic.

But what will things look like going forward, and how has COVID-19 shifted the workforce and security expectations? We know you're being bombarded with information from every direction, so we’ve pulled together articles from various resources to help you easily find answers to your COVID-19 questions.

The Link Between Cyber Threats & COVID-19

Healthcare facilities face new challenges as layouts are reconfigured, new technology is deployed, and the shift towards remote working. With so much focus on treating and preventing COVID-19, hospitals and staff are seen as easier targets by cybercriminals. Healthcare personnel and IT workers need to be aware of common scams and tricks used by hackers.

In this article, you’ll learn how you and your team can prepare yourselves for scams targeting the healthcare sector.

Hitting the Turnaround Point of Ransomware

Healthcare providers have been a target for ransomware attacks since the earliest signs of the spread of COVID-19. While recent reports suggest there’s a steady decline of successful ransomware attacks, experts urge companies that they should use this lull to harden their defenses and look out for indicators of compromise, as hackers could already be lurking on their networks.

This includes using multi-factor authentication and making sure employees continue to use security best practices. Read the full story here. 

Looking Beyond the Pandemic

With health systems around the United States reporting a significant decline in revenue due to COVID-19, many are reassessing the status of IT projects. While a lot of plans have come to a halt to focus on the pandemic efforts, many CIOs consider certain IT projects crucial to providing patient care.

Health systems continue to invest in EHR implementations and upgrades, data analytics platforms, telehealth, and virtual work capabilities long term. Take a look at the full list of 13 CIO and CMIOs and what their prediction of what their IT efforts will look like beyond COVID-19 – read more.

At iatricSystems, we recognize the pressure the healthcare industry faces during this time. Our goal is to keep you connected to the information and resources that could be beneficial to you and your team right now.

Specifically, if you’re looking to secure remote access and implement multi-factor authentication, we’d suggest watching this short video.

Above all, we want to thank you for your dedication, and please know that we’re here for you.