Calling all Montana Healthcare Providers!

In the wake of the recent cyberattack on Change Healthcare, the healthcare industry finds itself once again thrust into the spotlight of cybersecurity concerns. As guardians of patient data and facilitators of critical healthcare services, your role in safeguarding sensitive information has never been more crucial. At First Call Computer Solutions, we understand the gravity of this situation and the impact it can have on your practice, your patients, and the community at large.

The cyberattack on Change Healthcare, a major player in healthcare technology and revenue cycle management, underscores the pervasive threat that malicious actors pose to the integrity of healthcare data. According to the statement released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on March 5, 2024, the incident has resulted in the compromise of sensitive information, potentially affecting millions of individuals across the United States, including patients, healthcare providers, and payers.
As trusted partners in your journey towards digital transformation and cybersecurity resilience, we feel compelled to address the implications of this cyberattack and offer guidance on how you can navigate the aftermath effectively.

Here’s what you need to know:


Heightened Vigilance:

The cyberattack on Change Healthcare serves as a stark reminder of the ever-evolving threat landscape facing the healthcare industry. It’s imperative to remain vigilant and proactive in identifying and mitigating cybersecurity risks within your organization. Conduct regular security assessments, update your systems and software, and educate your staff on best practices for data protection and incident response.

Data Breach Response:

In the event of a data breach or cyber incident, swift and decisive action is paramount. Familiarize yourself with your organization’s incident response plan and designate key individuals responsible for coordinating the response efforts. Notify affected individuals, regulatory authorities, and relevant stakeholders promptly, ensuring transparency and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Maintaining Operational Continuity

Beyond the protection of customer data, maintaining operational continuity is vital for Montana banks. Cyberattacks can disrupt banking services, resulting in prolonged downtime, financial losses, and inconvenience for customers. Denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, in which a bank’s online services are flooded with malicious traffic, can render systems inaccessible, leading to significant business disruptions. Implementing robust backup and disaster recovery mechanisms, as well as developing incident response plans, can help banks recover quickly from cyber incidents and minimize the impact on their operations and customers. 

Vendor Risk Management:

As demonstrated by the Change Healthcare cyberattack, third-party vendors and service providers can pose significant cybersecurity risks to healthcare organizations. Review your vendor relationships and assess the security measures implemented by your vendors to protect sensitive data. Establish clear contractual agreements that outline security expectations and requirements, including incident response protocols and liability provisions.

Patient Communication

Transparency and communication are essential components of building trust and maintaining confidence in your healthcare services. Keep your patients informed about the cyber incident, its potential impact on their data, and the steps you are taking to safeguard their information. Provide guidance on how patients can protect themselves from identity theft and fraud, such as monitoring their financial accounts and reporting suspicious activity.

Continuity of Care:

Despite the disruptions caused by the cyberattack, ensure continuity of care for your patients by leveraging alternative communication channels, implementing contingency plans, and prioritizing critical healthcare services. Collaborate with other healthcare providers and community resources to address any gaps in service delivery and support affected individuals during this challenging time.

Regulatory Compliance:

Compliance with regulatory requirements, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, remains a top priority for healthcare organizations. Conduct thorough risk assessments, implement robust security controls, and maintain comprehensive documentation to demonstrate compliance with applicable regulations.

investigating in Cybersecurity:

As cyber threats continue to evolve in sophistication and scale, investing in cybersecurity infrastructure and resources is no longer optional—it’s a necessity. Allocate adequate budget and resources to bolster your organization’s cybersecurity posture, including training and awareness programs, technology solutions, and incident response capabilities. Partner with trusted cybersecurity vendors and consultants to leverage their expertise and support in safeguarding your organization against cyber threats.

At First Call Computer Solutions, we stand ready to assist you in navigating the complex landscape of cybersecurity and technology risk management. Our team of experienced professionals specializes in providing tailored solutions to healthcare providers, helping them mitigate risks, enhance security, and achieve compliance objectives.

In conclusion, the cyberattack on Change Healthcare serves as a wake-up call for the healthcare industry, highlighting the urgent need for robust cybersecurity measures and proactive risk management strategies. By remaining vigilant, communicating openly, and investing in cybersecurity resilience, you can safeguard your organization, protect patient data, and uphold the trust placed in you by the community.

Together, we can overcome the challenges posed by cyber threats and continue to deliver high-quality healthcare services to the residents of Montana and beyond.

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If you are ready to discuss your cyberscurity needs, schedule a discovery meeting with one of our Advance Cybersecurity Experts to discuss how First Call can help you start YOUR Security Transformation!

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