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Where Will the Next Ransomware Attack Be?

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In the Ransomware Trends 2021 put out by the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HHS Cybersecurity Program), it is reported that there were a total of 82 ransomware incidents impacting the healthcare sector worldwide so far this calendar year, as of May 25, 2021. 48 of these ransomware incidents (nearly 60%) impacted the US health sector. In 72% of the incidents, victim data was leaked. The average bill for rectifying a ransomware attack considering downtime, people’s time, device cost, network cost, lost opportunity, ransom paid, etc, was $1.27 million.

A large medical facility many of my family and friends are part of was attacked. The impact to the facility was huge as everything went off line. There are so many safety issues to consider, but one directly related to drug diversion prevention and monitoring is that there is basically no more prevention or monitoring! How do you know if controlled substances get from the pharmacy to the nursing station? How do you know if there is an active order for the med removed from the dispensing cabinet? How do you know if the medication reached the patient or if it was actually due. Old school, completely manual auditing is needed – flipping through charts for the most recent order. Reading paper MARs for administration charting then matching up med removal and waste amounts. Let’s be honest, it may be hard to devote the resources to those manual audits when everything else around you is requiring more resources to keep things running. It is easy to not view controlled substance monitoring as a priority when there are immediate patient safety issues at hand. Don’t let it go completely. Add a plan for this into your disaster recovery plan so you will know how to execute should it be needed.

It may be just a matter of time before your facility is hit. Be proactive. Find out where your vulnerabilities are. Facilities engage in mock surveys regularly so they are prepared. It seems it is time to add mock ransomware attacks to the preparations. Reach out to Rxpert Solutions and we can connect you with people who can assess your facility’s security and help in the event of an attack.

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Terri is absolutely phenomenal. She is an incredibly knowledgeable pharmacy resource. As the medication safety officer, the quality initiatives she implemented not only impacted the patients at our medical center but also reached into the community. Terri is a genuine professional who upholds accountability while creating community among her team members. She is a great listener to identify friction points and has actionable ideas to implement improvements.

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T. Eagle. MBA, MLS(ASCP), CLS Lab Operations Manager

Terri is an expert at prospective risk identification -Failure, Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA). Terri participated in CHPSO Patient Safety Safe Tables and was part of the Hospital Quality Institute’s Regional Quality and Patient Safety Leader Network.
She is an excellent public speaker and communicates well with public and professional audiences. I look forward to her continued work in medication safety.

Regional Quality Network at HQI
A. Munoz, FACHE, CPHQ, CPPS VP

Terri has done a tremendous job with the controlled substance diversion program. She has had such a positive impact and has really made the hospital a safer place.

Tri-City Medical Center
Nurse Manager

We would not be where we are with the improvements we have made with opioid prescribing if it were not for Terri driving the process.

Tri-City Emergency Medical Group
Chief Physician

In addition to understanding the ins and outs of the [controlled substance use] process completely, she is very proactive in coming to me with provider issues that she detects. She truly balances the administrative duties and the regulatory components demand with a keen sense of what my practitioners do and what their needs are on the ground. Terri is instrumental in working with my department, balancing patient care, cooperation, ability, and integrity to get the job done.

UCSD Medical Center
Chief Anesthesiologist

Terri is knowledgeable and effective in pharmacy leadership. She has the ability to be able to anticipate and prepare for the future. Her ability to utilize resources effectively in this changing environment is a strong asset. She can adapt, evolve, mentor and still never say “no” when asked to assist. She exhibits great abilities to be flexible and is a “self starter”. She has a pleasant yet effective demeanor that commands results.

Candace Fong, Pharm D
System Director of Pharmacy and Medication Safety Common Spirit Health

Terri has always impressed me as being very smart. resourceful, creative, and easy to work with. Terri’s commitment to medication safety permeated our organization, raising the awareness of this important issue throughout all levels of the institution. Terri has always been engaged, cooperative, and generous with her time.

Cary Mells, MD
Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine Tri-City Medical Center

Terri has done more for the Pharmacy in her few months as Interim Pharmacy Director than any other Director has done during my 12 years here.

Anita Kennedy, MBA
VP of Ancillary Services Methodist Hospital

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