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Journal Article
Commentary

Cybersecurity in health is an urgent patient safety concern: we can learn from existing patient safety improvement strategies to address it.

O’Brien N, Ghafur S, Durkin M. J Patient Saf Risk Manag. 2021;26(1):5-10.

Planned and unplanned electronic heath record (EHR) downtime can have a negative effect on patient safety. This commentary recommends training and education for frontline healthcare workers to help manage cybersecurity attacks in health care. Interventions should be simple and easy to implement and could be based on lessons learned in other areas of patient safety, such as hand hygiene.