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  • FBI Warns of Imminent Ransomware Attacks to U.S. Hospitals and Healthcare Professionals
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    The FBI has issued a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), warning that the agencies have “credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers.” 

    The threat in question is a particularly nasty form of ransomware that can infect numerous systems across a network, encrypting all data and bringing an organization to its knees in pursuit of a hefty ransom. In response, the FBI, HHS and CISA are recommending that hospitals and healthcare systems implement numerous measures as soon as possible

    To protect yourself, review the FBI advisory with your IT professionals. Key points include making sure you have current encrypted backups of all critical data stored off-line or in separated networks, and having a well-rehearsed crisis response plan in case your systems (which may include your email and VOIP-based phone systems) are compromised. Our Issue Brief on the subject, Privacy Protection in the Digital Age: The Threat Posed by Ransomware, also contains valuable information to help members develop and implement policies and procedures that can protect you against attacks like this.

    For more information, please contact our Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email.

  • Submit Your Resolution by December 31 for Consideration at 2021 Annual Meeting
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    COVID-19 has brought many difficult challenges to physicians. Do you have solutions?

    ISMS accepts and reviews resolutions year-round. Resolutions can cover a range of topic areas, such as medical practice, public health, medical education and many other areas that intersect with medicine.

    View our guide to developing resolutions or contact us if you have questions about the process. 

    Remember, ANY ISMS member can submit a resolution!

    Check out our Resolution Tracking webpage to view submitted resolutions and related actions. 

    Take note: The final is Dec. 31, 2020, at 4:45 p.m. Resolutions must be submitted by this date to be considered at the 2021 ISMS Annual Meeting.

    Questions? Contact ISMS staff by email

  • IDPH Releases Draft Vaccination Rollout Plan for COVID-19
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    As SARS-CoV-2 vaccines remain in development, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released a draft of its mass vaccination plan

    Some of the key aspects of the proposal include:

    • Physicians and other health professionals who will administer vaccines will be required to enroll in the Illinois Comprehensive Automated Immunization Registry (ICARE), a web-based immunization record-sharing application developed by IDPH.

    • Adherence to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on administration, storage and handling of the vaccine.

    • Priority access to vaccination would be given to front-line healthcare workers, first responders, and residents and staff at long-term care facilities.

      If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email.

  • 2020 Has Been a Tough Year for Physicians. ISMS Continues to Be Here for You
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    Many of our members have faced numerous challenges due to the coronavirus public health emergency.

    ISMS has been continuously working to advocate for you and provide the most up-to-date resources to assist you during this unprecedented time. The  ISMS COVID-19 Resource Hub is updated as new information becomes available, including our much-accessed Telemedicine Tips

    We worked together with the Illinois Health and Hospital Association to advocate for civil immunity during the crisis, resulting in Governor Pritzker's action to issue a civil immunity Executive Order.

    We also worked to secure personal protective equipment for physicians around the state, and continued to advocate for Illinois physicians at every opportunity.

    As the only physician membership organization in Illinois representing all medical specialties, we work hard to be the outlet where all physician voices can Be Heard. Our work is made possible by committed members like you. 

    If you have not already, please renew your membership now. You can respond by mail to the dues invoice that was recently mailed to you, or you can renew online

    Save 5% off your regular dues rate by switching to Continuous Membership.

    If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Division of Membership by email.

  • Remdesivir Becomes First FDA-Approved Treatment for COVID-19

    Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that remdesivir would be the first approved treatment for COVID-19. 

    The FDA approved the antiviral drug Veklury (remdesivir) with these parameters: 

    • The drug is for adults and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older.

    • The patient must weigh at least 88 pounds.

    • Remdesivir is to be used for treatment only if the patient is already requiring hospitalization. 

    This approval follows the earlier emergency use authorization of remdesivir to treat certain populations requiring hospitalization for COVID-19.

    If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email.

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