Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) May 23, 2017
Regional healthcare cyber security exercises were recently led by The Center for Health Affairs’ Emergency Preparedness team.
The Center’s emergency preparedness experts collaborated with its regional healthcare partners to design and coordinate its annual regional exercise, which is comprised of three parts:
- A risk assessment and mitigation tabletop
- An individual agency functional exercise
- A final recovery tabletop discussion
The scenario chosen to test facility-specific and regional emergency operation plans was a wide spread power outage resulting from a cyber-attack. Strategies were shared among 28 participating hospital and healthcare partners at both of the tabletop events, and individual plans were put to test at each agency location during the functional exercise. Participation in a community exercise is part of the Joint Commission accreditation and the new Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services requirements for hospitals and healthcare facilities.
“Having this three-part cyber security exercise allowed representatives from various hospital positions, departments and whole hospital systems to come together to discuss and find solutions to a very potential situation they may be faced with,” said Beth Gatlin, RN, MA-HSM, ASPR project director, The Center for Health Affairs. “It’s was a very pertinent and extremely beneficial emergency preparedness exercise.”
For questions about theses regional cyber security exercises and other emergency preparedness activities, contact us.
With a rich history as the Northeast Ohio hospital association, dating back to 1916, The Center for Health Affairs serves as the collective voice of hospitals and the source for Northeast Ohio hospital and healthcare information. As the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, The Center aims to enhance the effectiveness of the healthcare community and the health of the communities it serves by providing expertise, resources and solutions to address the challenges faced by the region’s healthcare providers. The Center’s efforts focus on areas that benefit member hospitals from a regional approach, including healthcare workforce; emergency preparedness; public policy and advocacy; finance and reimbursement; and community initiatives. And because of its business affiliation with CHAMPS Healthcare, The Center has the resources to provide a broad level of professional services to its members. The Center, located in downtown Cleveland, is proud to advocate on behalf of more than 35 acute-care hospitals located in six counties. For more, visit neohospitals.org. The Center for Health Affairs is honored to be named as one of The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Top Workplaces in 2014 and 2015, as well as to ERC’s NorthCoast99 List in 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.