July 2021 Newsletter

Increasing Cyberattacks On Healthcare Institutions

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July 2021
Increasing Cyberattacks On Healthcare Institutions Shows Immediate Need For Greater Cybersecurity
While the pandemic brought about inspiring displays of solidarity and compassion, as with any tragedy, bad actors took advantage of the situation for personal gain. While hospital workers set up field hospitals in parking lots and clinicians risked their health to combat the frightening virus, hackers, ransomware gangs, and financial scammers doubled down on their mission to obtain valuable patient data. 

The number of hacking incidents reported in healthcare climbed for the fifth straight year in 2020, according to my company’s report, jumping 42% in 2020. Hacking incidents comprised more than half of all last year’s patient data breaches — 62% — up from 2019.
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HHS awards COVID-19 health literacy grants to communities
Finally some good news for the Racial and Ethnic Minority and Vulnerable Communities!

It was announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) that it has approved $250 million in grant awards to 73 local governments as part of a new, two-year initiative to identify and implement best practices for improving health literacy to enhance COVID-19 vaccination and other mitigation practices among underserved populations. The Advancing Health Literacy (AHL) to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19 initiative is part of the Biden/Harris Administration’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness.
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