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Ransomware Alert Monday, April 25, 2016 Default-avatar

The Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has recently issued a ransomware alert to provide information about recent cyberattacks against hospitals and health care organizations.

Ineffective team communication is a top cause of patient injuries.Ā  AHRQ recently released, Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPSĀ®) for Office-based Care, an evidence-based program to create efficient and effective health care teams that optimize the use of evidence, information, people and resources. The training toolkit is available online and includes scripts, PowerPoint presentations and videos that can be used to educate team members.

Because sensitive health information maintained by health care providers has become an increasingly attractive target for cyberattacks, the need for health care organizations to up their game on health data security has never been greater.

The answer is it’s both. The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a collaborative in which Constellation participates, has released Safe Practice Recommendations for Copy and Paste, the first in a series of evidence-based recommendations designed to improve health IT safety.

Stand with your patients. Wear a patient gown!

That’s just one engaging way to take part in 2016’s Patient Safety Awareness week March 13-19. The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) suggests lots of other ways to get involved, too.