Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA) surveyed physicians across the United States about their experiences and attitudes towards cybersecurity. Five key findings suggest there is a strong need for improved cybersecurity education for healthcare providers.

Cyberattacks at physician practices are common

83%

of physicians surveyed have experienced some form of cyberattack.

55%

are very worried about future cyberattacks.

Cyberattacks cause operational interruptions

74%

of physicians surveyed cite interruption to their clinical practice as a primary concern.

29%

of medium-sized practices take up to a full day to recover from an attack.

Physicians think that ePHI sharing is important

85%

of physicians surveyed cite interruption to their clinical practice as a primary concern.

2IN3

of medium-sized practices take up to a full day to recover from an attack.

Physicians rely on third-party security assistance

56%

of physicians surveyed alert their health IT vendor when a cyberattack occurs.

37%

obtain training content from their health IT vendor (50% trust training providers to ensure content is adequate).

New technology brings new challenges

33%

of physicians surveyed are likely to adopt telemedicine within the next year.

28%

are likely to adopt patient-generated health data within the next year.

Methodology

Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA) surveyed 1,300 physicians in the United States to assess their experience and attitudes toward cybersecurity, data management and compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines. The online survey was conducted between July 2017 and August 2017. To support the survey, in-depth research and 12 phone interviews were conducted prior with physicians, technology officers and administrators.

Laura Hoffman

Assistant Director – Department of Federal Affairs, American Medical Association

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