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Florida’s Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) sector is vital to maintaining the state’s public health and increasing community health resilience. The sector includes federal, state, local, and private hospitals, health systems, research facilities, as well as medical suppliers and manufacturers. The HPH sector’s economic value and access to personal information may make it a target for malicious actors. 1. Cyberattacks – Cyberattacks using malware continue to occur in the HPH sector. Cyberattacks on this sector could impact medical equipment, access to health and safety information, and risk the exposure of the personal health data of patients and healthcare personnel.
Other Threats and Hazards Events that seriously interrupt the delivery of medical treatment pose a threat for the HPH sector. These interruptions can have serious implications for the health and safety of populations 1. Disease Outbreaks – Outbreaks of disease and major health events, like the COVID-19 pandemic, can cause a strain on the HPH sector due to the increase in preventative efforts, hospitalizations, and demands on healthcare personnel. The rapid spread of infectious diseases continues to demonstrate how pandemics can seriously impact medical facilities.
Resources The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides guidance for small businesses in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) provides recommended strategies for businesses and employers in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides free online cybersecurity awareness training for healthcare personnel.
The Center for Disease Control provides free disaster epidemiology training for state, local, tribal, and territorial healthcare agencies and organizations.