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  • IDPH Issues Updated Guidance for Elective Surgeries

    guidance for elective surgeries The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released new FAQs that clarify and supersede the Department’s recent guidance allowing for the resumption of elective surgeries and procedures. The FAQs make it clear that elective procedures may begin on May 11, 2020. Also of note, testing requirements for resumption of elective procedures apply to: 

    • Anyone admitted for a procedure in the operating room or a procedure requiring anesthesia, including, but not limited to, procedures of the upper respiratory/GI tracts with potential for aerosol generation; and
    • Anyone planned for an outpatient procedure in the operating room with the potential to involve general anesthesia or other aerosol-generating procedures, such as procedures of the upper respiratory or GI tracts.

    Further questions about testing, specific procedures and other issues are also answered.

    If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by calling 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by sending an email.

  • I Probably Shouldn’t Click on That
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    Cyber attackers double down on healthcare sector during coronavirus public health emergency  

    Well before the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, the healthcare sector was a top target for cyberattacks. Now with the public health emergency, cyberattacks are on the rise, including impersonation schemes, such as fake announcements by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and look-alike URLs. 

    During three days in March, cybercriminals shut down the computers at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Illinois. The hackers were holding the system hostage while demanding a ransom. 

    There has also been a surge in phishing attempts. Hackers know the enormous pressure many health professionals are under at this time and that they might more readily click on something they shouldn’t, which allows cyber criminals to infiltrate critical infrastructure systems by stealing credentials.

    Health professionals and health systems should remain vigilant as the pandemic continues to spawn cybersecurity threats and challenges to the healthcare industry.


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  • Your Workday Has Ended. Now Leave COVID-19 Behind Before You Go Home

    doctor exposure The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released guidance that applies to any health professional in a healthcare setting. The resource covers how healthcare workers who provide patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic can limit exposure risk for themselves and their families.   

    The guidance covers how to prepare for work, what to do before leaving work and the steps to take when you arrive home. In addition, health workers should continually monitor their own health.

    Find the guidance online here or access a printable version.

  • Restore Illinois Plan Announced

    On Tuesday Governor Pritzker announced “Restore Illinois,” the State of Illinois’ five-phase plan to reopen the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Read the  Restore Illinois overview document and  ISMS’ summary.

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