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  1. News Article
    The Government is looking to hire a new cyber security chief for the NHS and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), at a time of heightened risk of cyber attacks against the health service. The DHSC last month issued a job advert for a “national chief information security officer”, who will sit within the digital policy unit of NHS England’s transformation directorate. It comes at a time when the risk of cyber attacks against the NHS is increasing. Earlier this summer, an attack on an NHS electronic patient record supplier impacted several providers, including a dozen mental h
  2. News Article
    At least half of integrated care systems (ICS) lack plans for responding to cyberattacks, at a time of increasing cyber risks, HSJ can reveal. The findings also come at a time when the threat posed by cyber attackers is “constantly evolving”, and in the wake of a recent high-profile attack on a supplier to several trusts. In August 2021, NHS England published a framework – What Good Looks Like – to set out what ICSs and member organisations must achieve to be considered digitally mature. Requirements included that all ICSs should have a system-wide plan for “maintaining robust
  3. News Article
    Patient care is still being undermined at NHS mental health trusts and social care providers that were hit by a major cyber attack in August, doctors have warned. Three months after the major attack wiped out NHS systems, patients’ records are missing, safety has been compromised, and medication doses are at risk of being missed amid ongoing “chaos”, i News has been told. Dr Andrew Molodynski, mental health lead at the British Medical Association, said the prolonged systems failure has damaged care because records are “integral to patients’ safety”. Mental health patients’ recor
  4. Content Article
    Thank you to everyone who has shared your powerful stories with me about your own experiences and those of family members. Your testimonies are both heartfelt and heart breaking, a very emotional read. I cannot think of a greater motivation for decision makers to do what is right, without delay. I was very privileged to meet Yasmin Golding and to hear about the #SaferMumSaferBaby campaign by the Epilepsy Society. It was humbling to hear directly from Yasmin about her hopes and fears for the future and why having information to help minimise risk would make the world of differenc
  5. News Article
    No patient data held by mental health trusts was taken following a cyber attack this summer, NHS England has confirmed. The regulator told HSJ it had received confirmation from tech firm Advanced, which was the subject of a cyber attack in July, that no data had been breached on its Carenotes electronic patient record. The EPR is used by around a dozen mental health trusts. The process of reconnecting trusts fully back to Carenotes also started this week, after providers spent two months with limited or no access to their EPR. HSJ previously revealed that senior NHS chiefs feare
  6. News Article
    On Tuesday, the FBI issued a report offering recommendations to address a number of cybersecurity vulnerabilities in active medical devices stemming from outdated software, as well as the lack of security features in older hardware. Once exploited, the vulnerabilities could impact healthcare facility operations, patient safety, data confidentiality and data integrity. If a cyberattacker takes control, they can direct devices to give inaccurate readings, administer drug overdoses or otherwise endanger patient health. The FBI noted in its briefing that a mid-year healthcare cybersecuri
  7. News Article
    Doctors say it could take months to process mounting piles of medical paperwork caused by a continuing cyber-attack on an NHS supplier. One out-of-hours GP says patient care is being badly affected as staff enter a fourth week of taking care notes with pen and paper. The ransomware attack against software and services provider Advanced was first spotted on 4 August. The company says it may take another 12 weeks to get some services back online. Dr Fay Wilson, who manages an urgent-care centre in the West Midlands, says the main choke point for her team is with patient recor
  8. News Article
    Mental health trusts continue to suffer much disruption after a cyber attack left them unable to access their electronic patient records. Several trusts which use Advanced’s CareNotes EPR are grappling with the system being down, although the company said on Friday some progress had been made to restore the EPR. One source at an affected mental health trust said there had been “not much in the way of improvements”, while another said they feared it could be “months” before they can fully access the EPR. NHS England’s mental health director Claire Murdoch is regularly raising iss
  9. News Article
    As the risk of cyberattacks on medical devices continues to mount, the Food and Drug Administration isn’t doing enough to ensure device makers include adequate security in their products, experts say. They charge that part of the problem is that the agency lacks the funds and the trained personnel to evaluate the cyber risk the devices carry and enforce the rules it does have on the books for approving devices. “I’ve spoken to device manufacturers, specifically product security people at device manufacturers, saying that they’ve been telling their organizations for the last year or
  10. News Article
    Criminals have issued ‘demands’ to an NHS IT supplier targeted by a cyber attack, leading health chiefs to fear they have accessed confidential patient data, HSJ has learned. IT firm Advanced was targeted last week. The company provides electronic patient records to several trusts and most NHS 111 providers. Multiple government agencies – including the National Crime Agency and GCHQ – are now working to identify the extent of the damage caused by the attackers, while leaders of affected mental health trusts have warned of a “pretty desperate” situation as staff are unable to access
  11. News Article
    A cyber attack that has caused a major outage of NHS IT systems is expected to last for more than three weeks, leaving doctors unable to see patients’ notes, The Independent has learned. Mental health trusts across the country will be left unable to access patient notes for weeks, and possibly months. Oxford Health Foundation Trust has declared a critical incident over the outage, which is believed to affect dozens of trusts, and has told staff it is putting emergency plans in place. One NHS trust chief said the situation could possibly last for “months” with several mental heal
  12. News Article
    Many NHS 111 services are without a crucial IT system for several days, after a cyber attack on a software supplier. Providers had to move to pen-and-paper yesterday, and have been unable to access patient records. Adastra – which is used by 85% of NHS 111 providers – went offline at 7am on Thursday. It was still affected as of Sunday, and staff were told it may not be online for several days. Advanced, which supplies Adastra, confirmed on Friday evening the incident was caused by a cyberattck, but says it managed to limit the damage to a small number of its servers. It was rep
  13. News Article
    Medical devices are one major weak point in health care cybersecurity, and both the US Congress and the Food and Drug Administration took steps towards closing that gap this week —Congress with a proposed bill and the FDA with new draft guidelines for device makers on how they should build devices that are less likely to be hacked. Devices like infusion pumps or imaging machines that are connected to the internet can be targets for hacks. Those attacks can siphon off patient data or put their safety directly at risk. Experts consistently find that devices in use today have vulnerabilities
  14. Content Article
    Internet First means that externally accessible health and social care digital services must be securely accessible over the public internet by default. These guidelines refer to existing and updated policies to ensure that data is safely accessible.
  15. Event
    Through multidisciplinary lectures from expert speakers and lively panel discussions, this Royal Society of Medicine conference will look at the current cybersecurity threats facing health and care organisations and examine the progress made by healthcare institutions since 2017 in rising to the challenge of cybersecurity. We will focus on the issues facing the NHS today and the steps that NHS organisations should take to protect themselves. Attendees will learn how cybercriminals and hostile nation-states pose a threat to patient safety and trust. Delegates will hear from NHSX, NHS Digit
  16. Content Article
    I had been trying to get my Mom to do video calls on her computer for a decade. Pushback and inexperience with new technologies just didn’t give her the confidence she needed to step over that line. A lack of trust in the systems to work right and in her ability to navigate the hiccups minimised her willingness to give it a shot. And then along came covid. Due to necessity and front-line assistance (my sister and niece get a hat tip here), Mom finally began to see how beneficial the tools were for improving her state of mind and increasing our awareness of how she is from a long distance durin
  17. Content Article
    This short video includes: An introduction to the clinical safety team at NHS Digital What the clinical safety team do What the are challenges to the clinical safety team Contact details
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