Cyberattacks on the rise; renaming schizophrenia; Benefits of gardening

Don’t wait for a cyberattack; Know what coverage you have now
Cyberattacks on healthcare have increased in recent years. In this year alone, nearly 200 medical groups have reported cyberattacks to the federal government targeting at least 500 of their patients’ medical records.

Cybercriminals target electronic health records because they contain social security numbers, dates of birth, medical procedures and results, and sometimes billing and financial information. The data is then sold on the dark web to be used for fraud and extortion.

How to protect yourself: Get comprehensive cybersecurity insurance from insurance brokers experienced in healthcare cybersecurity policies. Many doctors surveyed by the Medical Group Management Association say they have cover through their malpractice insurance company.

Beyond insurance: You can also protect your practice by using multi-factor authentication, ensuring that terminated employee login credentials are quickly deleted, and allowing automatic system updates.

Does schizophrenia need a name change?
A growing number of patients and mental health experts are pushing to change the name for schizophrenia.

Evidence suggests that the term schizophrenia has the stigma and burden that promotes discrimination, shame and condemnation.

Proposed name change: Alternative names that received support included ‘impaired perception syndrome’, ‘psychosis spectrum syndrome’ and ‘neuro-emotional integration disorder’.

Apprehension: Some mental health experts believe a name change won’t do much to combat stigma, could potentially confuse medical professionals and lead to problems when applying for insurance.

Growing evidence that gardening cultivates mental health
At a time when physician burnout is at an all-time high, taking up gardening could be beneficial.

New research shows that gardening is linked to better mood and reduced stress, according to a small pilot study.

Study details: Participants were randomly assigned to either a gardening intervention or an art intervention. Each intervention consisted of 60-minute sessions twice a week for 4 weeks.

Results: Gardening and creating art reduced levels on the perceived stress scale and The Depression Questionnaire Inventory II. Gardening, however, was linked to a significant improvement in trait-related anxiety that was not found in the art-making group.

Kaitlin Edwards is a New York-based medical writer. You can follow her on Twitter @kaitmedwards. For more information, follow Medscape on Facebook, Twitter, instagramand Youtube.

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