Cybersecurity attacks have impacted more than four in five U.S. physicians (83 percent), according to research by Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA).
The findings show phishing was the most common type of cyberattack–cited by more than half (55 percent) of physicians who experienced an attack–followed by computer viruses (48 percent).
More than half (55 percent) of the physicians were very concerned or extremely concerned about future cyberattacks in their practice, according to the survey.
The findings also show physicians were most concerned that future cyberattacks:
The survey of roughly 1,300 U.S. physicians shows that it is not “if” but “when” a cyberattack will occur.
“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,” AMA President David O. Barbe, M.D., M.H.A. said in a statement.
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