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December 18, 2017

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Opioid Task Force Issues Final Report
Opportunities for Year-End Giving at MMA
Maine Falls to #23 in America's Health Rankings
Online Links to Opioid CME
8 in 10 Doctors Have Experienced a Cyber Attack in Practice
Naloxone Research Shows Importance of Post-Administration Intervention
AMA Statement on Proposed Aetna-CVS Merger
Peer Navigation Program from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Calls to Resume When Legislature Returns
Highlights of Recently Enacted Legislation: L.D. 593 (c. 63) Medical License Renewal
UPCOMING EVENTS
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Chief Executive Officer - Pines Health Services
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Primary Care Physician - Eastern Maine Medical Center
Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
Palliative Care Provider
Gastroenterologist - Brunswick, ME
Hospitalist - Brunswick, ME
DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME
Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
Physiatrist - Brunswick, Maine
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 
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8 in 10 Doctors Have Experienced a Cyber Attack in Practice

[from the AMA Advocacy Update]


A staggering 83 percent of physicians told AMA researchers that their practices have experienced a cyberattack of some type. The 1,300 physicians surveyed also said not enough cybersecurity support is coming from the government that will hold them accountable for a patient information breach. These and other findings are contained in a first-of-its-kind survey from the AMA and management consulting firm Accenture. The data (infographic) provide new depth—and an often overlooked physician voice—to the discussion on how best to protect patients in a complex health care system that is increasingly connected and vulnerable to cybercriminal exploitation.

"The important role of information sharing within clinical care makes health care a uniquely attractive target for cyber criminals through computer viruses and phishing scams that, if successful, can threaten care delivery and patient safety," said AMA President David O. Barbe, MD, MHA. "New research shows that most physicians think that securely exchanging electronic data is important to improve health care. More support from the government, technology and medical sectors would help physicians with a proactive cybersecurity defense to better ensure the availability, confidentially and integrity of health care data."

A June 2017 report by the congressionally mandated Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force found "health care cybersecurity is a key public health concern that needs immediate and aggressive attention," and that, "most importantly, cybersecurity attacks disrupt patient care." The 88-page document underscores the risk to medical care delivered in smaller settings, which are especially vulnerable to attacks by cybercriminals.

Read more at AMA Wire.
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