Scripps Health patients frustrated after May 1 cyber attack

Scripps Health patients frustrated after May 1 cyber attack

Cyberattacks are up, in fact security experts said 66% of health care companies cannot meet the minimum security standard defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.“The problem is we have an industry with a rapidly growing technical debt,” said Caleb Barlow, CEO, Cynergistek. “Its not that they arent investing in security, they are, they just arent investing fast enough to keep up with an ever moving adversary.“Barlow’s company, Cynergistek, works with healthcare systems before and after a cyber-attack happens. An HHS report on healthcare security listed the vulnerabilities in hospitals. They named networks without tight controls, how records are disposed of, the use of personal devices and working from home.Too often you dont see multi factor authentication in place. Many of us are familiar with that where you log in with a password, but you also have to get a challenger response on your phone,” said Barlow.That extra step can keep cyber criminals out of the network. Scripps Health is saying very little about its security measures and only issued a written statement saying the network outage was caused by malware. But they havent said how that happened.CBS 8 has learned that the cyber attack took all Scripps hospitals out of the emergency medical response system on May 2 when a boat capsized off Point Loma.Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla was the closest trauma center to the incident, yet patients were sent to other area hospitals.Its the kind of disruption cyber criminals want.Its always unsettling, when you hear your security has been breached, because you dont know what information they might use it,” said Lisa Kendall, patient.Kendalls daughters appointment was cancelled and like so many others, shes forced to reschedule it. But the lack of information from Scripps Health is leaving many with questions.I dont know what to do about it, other than just make sure Im following my credit monitoring apps and make sure no one is trying to get our information, but I feel helpless” said Kendall.WATCH: Scripps Health hack forcing appointments to be canceled and moreRelated ArticlesScripps Health hack forcing appointments to be canceled and moreCalifornia hospitals given leeway to use last resort staffing waivers, analysis showsSome patients from deadly Imperial County crash treated in San DiegoAd Unmuteby TaboolaSponsored LinksYou May LikeForget the 30yr mortgage if you owe less than $356K. (Do this instead)LowerMyBills NMLS#167283; 33064 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryWhy not switch to a 15-Year Mortgage if you owe less than $356K? (Evaluate options.)Quicken Loans NMLS#3030Best Cash Back Credit Cards of 2021NerdWalletLove Your Dog? Get a Coupon for BLUE Pet FoodBlue Buffalo

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The Sequoia Project Announces New Members to its Board of Directors

The Sequoia Project Announces New Members to its Board of Directors

The Sequoia Project, a non-profit and trusted advocate for nationwide interoperability, announced the entry of three new members to its board of directors. The incoming board members bring fresh perspectives to The Sequoia Projects work on the nations most pressing health information technology (IT) interoperability challenges, including information blocking and COVID-19 data sharing.

The new members are Brian Barrett from Highmark Health, Lee Barrett from Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), Jen Horonjeff from Savvy Cooperative and Aaron Miri from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, Dell Medical School and UT Health Austin.

I welcome the new board members, Brian Barrett, Lee Barrett, Jen Horonjeff and Aaron Miri to the Board of Directors. Their experience and views will be beneficial for The Sequoia Project in the upcoming years, said Mariann Yeager, chief executive officer of The Sequoia Project. We are so grateful for the leadership and expertise of outgoing board members Anne Kimbol, Dr. Matt Eisenberg and Sean Turner, who helped shape Sequoias strategic direction.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with colleagues that represent different stakeholders. As a long-time patient advocate, I will leverage both my personal and professional perspectives to advance health IT and create value for the industry and patients alike, said Jen Horonjeff, chief executive officer at Savvy Cooperative.

Core Responsibilities

The board sets the strategic direction for The Sequoia Projects interoperability initiatives, most notably for its Interoperability Matters initiative and its role as the Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health ITs (ONC) Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA).

The board officers for 2021 are Steven Lane from Sutter Health as chair, Nancy Beavin from Humana as vice chair, David Horrocks from CRISP as treasurer, and John Kansky from Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) as secretary.

The Sequoia Project is the home of many important health IT initiatives that are hitting our industrys most challenging issues head-on. I am excited to bring my expertise to the governance body of The Sequoia Projects cooperatives and look forward to the difference it will make to the healthcare experience, added Brian Barrett, vice president, information delivery at Highmark Health.

The members of the Board of Directors are elected every year and the next election will be held in 2022. The board is a diverse group of health IT experts, representing a breadth of the interoperability industry. It plays an active role in guiding The Sequoia Projects initiatives and goals for the year.

A complete list of the board of directors and more information on The Sequoia Project governance can be found on The Sequoia Project website at

Recently, The Sequoia Project expanded its Interoperability Matters initiative, a public-private cooperative solving discrete health information exchange, to include additional topic areas as identified by its membership and board of directors. The Sequoia Project added the Data Usability Workgroup, Emergency Preparedness Information Workgroup, and three new subgroups to the existing Information Blocking Compliance Workgroup to further address a range of interoperability and health IT challenges facing the industry nationwide. You can find more information on the Interoperability Matters initiative and its workgroups at The new board will continue to guide the ongoing evolution of the initiative.

In addition to supporting and launching new interoperability initiatives of its own, in 2019, the ONC chose The Sequoia Project to be the RCE of the TEFCA, following a competitive process during which more than 55 organizations supported The Sequoia Projects application for the role. The RCE is charged with developing, implementing, and maintaining the Common Agreement and Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN) Technical Framework (QTF) aspects of ONCs TEFCA. From the beginning, The Sequoia Project has sought to instill its core principles of transparency and broad stakeholder engagement throughout the RCE process.

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