As a healthcare company, your patients are your number one priority. Part of your obligation to them is to keep their health-related information as confidential as possible. This information can include the patient’s health history, insurance details, and financial information. Should any of this information be compromised, it can hinder your ability to deliver healthcare services. Healthcare regulations are constantly evolving and, in order to meet new industry standards, more and more healthcare businesses are actively converting medical records into electronic versions. As this trend continues, it’s no surprise that the industry has been hit hard recently by cyber attacks. Entire systems can fall victim to ransomware, locking healthcare providers out of important patient data. The companies affected are paying huge sums to recover. As people’s lives can quite literally depend on a healthcare provider’s ability to access their health information, there isn’t any time to waste.
While you may be taking some precautions, such as securing and backing up your sensitive data, sometimes that’s not enough. There is a common misconception that data is safe if backed up once a day, but this outdated practice is no longer sufficient for several reasons:
According to a 2018 study by IBM and the Ponemon Institute, healthcare data breach costs average $408 per record, the highest of any industry for the eighth straight year and nearly three times
higher than the cross-industry average of $148 per record. Attacks on the healthcare industry are clearly on the rise, but there are some precautions you can take to safeguard your data:
Enquire about implementing a Datto Solution in your practice.
Outsource your company’s IT needs to an expert who has experience in the healthcare industry. – Look for a company educated in HIPAA with a team that’s dedicated to security and compliance. – Ask for references so you can hear from fellow healthcare professionals about their experience with the company.
Don’t sacrifice quality to save money when purchasing hardware. It will benefit you (and your bottom line) to have strong technology in the long run.
Perform timely hardware and software updates, maintenance and backups.
Establish, review and maintain system security of all practice technology.