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Cybersecurity Advisory. COVID-19 Impacts on the Health Care Industry

Go Beyond Disruption

Release Date: 09/23/2020

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"It's very important to get your PATIENTS involved in understanding what good security-stewardship means."

(127). In the fourth of our Cybersecurity Advisory series, a panel of experts explores the economic and technological challenges facing the health care industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Host Jeff Krull of Baker Tilly is joined by Jerry Ravi, Bert Orlov, and Steve Bisciello of Eisner Amper.

Talking Points. These are just some of the topics discussed in this episode.

  • How the pandemic has impacted on the economics of the healthcare industry and their use of technology.
  • What the long term implications may be.
  • What that impact - and the potential impact of the technology - changes from a security and HIPAA perspective. 

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