Cybersecurity: Is your patient information, practice protected?

Cybersecurity: Is your patient information, practice protected?

"Stop. Think. Connect." It's the message a national cybersecurity awareness campaign hopes resonates with an evermore digitally connected public. But when it comes to doctors, a more apt slogan would read: "Stop. Think. Protect."

Ensure the information entrusted to you doesn't fall in the wrong hands.

That's because patient health and financial information is the newest target for cybercriminals as data breaches afflict the health care industry's relatively lax cybersecurity measures, most recently with dizzying results.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a collaborative campaign between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Cyber Security Alliance to educate Americans about safe and secure online practices. It's an appropriate time to review the steps doctors are taking to ensure the information entrusted to them doesn't fall in the wrong hands.

Data breaches can be financially devastating. That's because HIPAA requires doctors to notify patients when their data has been compromised—a process that can cost $30 per record, according to Kevin Johnson, vice president of Lockton Affinity, an AOAExcel® endorsed business partner. For practices with thousands of records, complying with the law can be financially onerous.

To protect patient data and your practice from cyberattacks, follow these recommendations:

Click here to learn more ways to circumvent risks to your patients and practice.

October 7, 2015

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