Keeping Your Practice Data Safe with Cybersecurity
By Kelsey Oliveira
According to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and analyzed by Bitglass, a cybersecurity firm, “there were 599 healthcare breaches that collectively affected over 26 million individuals” in 2020. Hacking was the leading cause of these breaches, accounting for 67 percent of cyber attacks in the healthcare sector. Bitglass CTO Anurag Kahol recognized how hackers shifted their strategies to account for recent growth and adaptation of healthcare technology. He said, “As healthcare organizations continue to embrace cloud migration and digital transformation, they must leverage the proper tools and strategies to successfully protect patient records and respond to the growing volume of threats to their IT ecosystems.” To learn more about cyber threats within the healthcare industry and how you can keep your practice’s data safe, click here to read the article or view our additional resources below.
9 Reasons Compliance Does Not Mean Your Practice Data is Secure
Cyber attacks target valuable data that can be used for other purposes, seek to wrest ransom out of organizations that rely on quick access to information, or blatantly try to cause harm or seek revenge. As a small medical practice you might think, “Who would want access to our information when there are so many bigger fish to catch?” But your practice has information on thousands of patients, and you might be surprised to find out that lots of people are eager to dig into those files. Their reasons vary widely from simple snooping to identity theft, prescription scams, tax fraud, and false Medicare/insurance claims.
Read our Knowledge Drop to learn about the simple and shocking ways data can be compromised as well as the importance of implementing a cybersecurity plan for your practice.
Don't Wait for a Cyber Attack:
Take Action with Your Private Practice's Cybersecurity
Having a cyber-security plan is critical to the long-term functioning of your medical practice. Breaches are here, and they are accelerating. As a healthcare provider, HIPAA compliance requires you to protect patient information. In addition, data compromises can diminish your ability to provide quality care, cost your practice untold financial outlays, and irreparably damage your reputation.
By implementing a cybersecurity service, you’ll get access to:
- Network and cloud monitoring
- Security concierge service
- Growing suite of additional protections
Kelsey Oliveira is a Marketing Specialist at Amazing Charts and joined the company in 2019. She enjoys providing useful content and resources to help independent practices thrive.