Three federal agencies yesterday issued an alert about an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to healthcare providers and hospitals—an issue of greater risk than ever with increased use of telehealth and remote work during the COVID-19 health emergency. Specifically, the Department of Health and Human Services, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency, and Federal Bureau of Investigation warned of potential ransomware attacks and data theft. To learn more, click here. Curi urges our members who have not already taken advantage of our Security Threat Assessment benefit to do so immediately.
All Curi recommendations are based on current CDC criteria at the time of publication. CDC guidance for SARS-CoV-2 infection may, or may not, be adopted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. Providers should always check with their local health department to see if the CDC’s guidance on any given topic has been modified (particularly if more restrictive) from the CDC’s recommended guidelines. Follow this link https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/index.html for contact information to your state/local health department. If local recommendations vary from those of the CDC, and you are unsure what recommendations to follow, then it is safer to follow the more restrictive guidelines/recommendations.