The article “I was hacked” (February 10, 2017) by Dr. George Ellis was quite timely. That issue arrived in the mail the same day we discovered our practice had been hacked.
My APRN was working on a computer in one of the exam rooms and kept getting kicked off. Our IT tech was called and determined we had been hacked. The culprits had placed some icons on the desktop for programs we do not use. One of them is commonly used for sending mass emails (using our IP address, of course). The tech also found ransomware on our hard drive, including the note below.
Fortunately we were able to slam the door shut before any trouble was caused, avoid a true breach of our data (the level they needed to access had more security in place) and avoid paying a dime … or a bitcoin in this case … in ransom.
Jeffrey M. Kagan, MD
To survive, primary care must redefine itself
If primary care is to survive, (“The Future of Primary Care”, Medical Economics, January 10, 2017), it will have to redefine itself.
The primary care workforce of the future will be composed of “hybrids”—professionals whose training will include the best qualities of nurse practitioners, physician assistants and primary care doctors.