AEHIS Releases New Tool to Help Healthcare IT Teams Prepare for Disease Outbreaks


A newly published Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS) guide is intended to help IT/IS teams prepare for disease outbreaks.
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, this new AEHIS guide to help digital healthcare leaders prepare for the impact of outbreaks on their organizations highlights some of the information technology and information security (IT/IS) issues organizations should consider for planning purposes, is available to the public. 

Prepared by the AEHIS Incident Response Committee, “Information Technology Considerations for a Disease Outbreak” walks through the likely IT/IS impacts of an outbreak and offers recommendations to prevent or minimize disruption and adverse events. Topics include supply chain shortages, labor shortages, business partner considerations, telecommuting, facilities’ physical security, testing of business continuity and disaster recovery plans, testing of mass notification systems and procedures, educating employees about outbreak-related cyber scams, disinfecting electronic equipment and protecting IT/IS members from possible exposure. 

“It is critical that in any circumstance clinicians have appropriate resources to treat patients, and information technology and information security often facilitate that care,” the AEHIS Incident Response Committee chair wrote.