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Cyberattacks: Is Your Laboratory Prepared?

From the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting (recorded 6/29/2022)
Presented by Valerie Cortright, HTL, Katherine Devitt, MD and Juli-Anne Gardner, MD, CG(ASCP)CM

The threat of cyberattacks in healthcare and the massive impact they can have on a laboratory system and patient care is ever growing. This session will describe one facility's story of survival after a recent cyberattack and outline steps to help other labs prepare for such an attack.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Provide awareness of the impact an extended, multisystem downtime can have on a Pathology laboratory.
  • Illustrate the necessity of an Incident Command Structure and effective communication system within the Pathology laboratory during an extended downtime.
  • Outline a pragmatic approach to navigating an extended downtime within the Pathology laboratory.

ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of SAF (Safety) will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This Basic-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings