IHA Daily Briefing: Nov. 17

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022
Gov. Proclaims Nov. 17 Illinois Rural Health Day
Federal Network Compromised by Iranian Hackers
New Funding Available to Promote Affordable Broadband
APIC Offering Membership Discount, Sign Up Today
Illinois COVID-19 Data
Briefly Noted


Gov. Proclaims Nov. 17 Illinois Rural Health Day
Gov. JB Pritzker proclaimed Nov. 17, 2022, Illinois Rural Health Day. The proclamation acknowledged the importance of rural healthcare and providing affordable, holistic and primary care.

It also recognized that rural hospitals and health centers are “often the economic foundation and largest employers of their communities.”

Today is also National Rural Health Day, an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, organizations and other stakeholders dedicated to addressing the social risk factors and the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face today and into the future.

For more information about National Rural Health Day, click here. To view the proclamation from the White House, click here.


Federal Network Compromised by Iranian Hackers
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) yesterday published a joint Cybersecurity Advisory after observing an Iranian government-sponsored cyberattack.

According to the advisory, CISA conducted an incident response engagement at a federal civilian Executive branch organization where CISA observed suspected advanced persistent threat activity. As a result, CISA determined that cyber threat actors exploited the Log4Shell vulnerability in an unpatched VMware Horizon server, installed XMRig crypto mining software, moved laterally to the domain controller, compromised credentials and then implanted Ngrok reverse proxies on several hosts to maintain persistence.

CISA and the FBI are releasing the Cybersecurity Advisory providing the suspected Iranian government-sponsored actors’ tactics, techniques, and procedures and indicators of compromise to help network defenders detect and protect against related compromises.


New Funding Available to Promote Affordable Broadband
The Federal Communications Commission will make $70 million available to governmental and non-governmental entities to increase participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program, an ongoing program that provides qualifying low-income households with discounts on broadband service and connected devices.

The Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program will make approximately 300 awards between $50,000 and $1 million each to eligible applicants, which includes nonprofit and community-based organizations. The deadline to apply is Jan. 9. 


APIC Offering Membership Discount, Sign Up Today
In support of infection preventionists, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is offering IHA members a 15% discount on an annual individual membership. To save $30 on an APIC membership, members can complete the online membership form and enter the discount code ILLHA22 on the last page of the application before the payment screen. This offer is only valid online and applies to APIC Full/Active or New IP Memberships (U.S, only). This offer expires December 31, 2022.

To support hospital members with their commitment to quality and safety efforts, IHA’s Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality is advancing person-centered healthcare in Illinois through evidence-based initiatives that can measurably improve patient safety and strengthen quality healthcare, including the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. For questions about our programs and resources please contact IHA.


Illinois COVID-19 Data
To access updated Illinois COVID-19 data on daily case numbers, testing outcomes and deaths, click here. Hospitalization data, including the number of patients in the ICU and patients on ventilators, can be accessed by clicking here. The most recent COVID-19 vaccination data can be found by clicking here. The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) updates its COVID-19 data at 1 p.m. Monday – Friday.


Briefly Noted
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to seven companies for illegally selling dietary supplements that claim to cure, treat, mitigate or prevent cardiovascular disease or related conditions, such as atherosclerosis, stroke or heart failure, in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA is urging consumers not to use these or similar products because they have not been evaluated by the FDA to be safe or effective for their intended use and may be harmful.