Do You Have Remote Employees?

If so, is your practice protected?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many practices, physician offices, and hospitals have allowed remote work for many employees. This increase in remote work has led to an increase in a variety of concerns.

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If your practice is allowing remote work, it’s essential that you and your staff are aware of the risks.

Remote work comes with increased cyber risks, such as:

  • Phishing scams
  • Remote support scams and lack of qualified IT support
  • COVID-19 map tracking scams
  • Insecure home devices and connections

So how do you combat these risks?

Start with your HIPAA Risk Assessment. Make sure you know what devices are accessing patient information and what security methods are in place for those devices. Is your inventory up-to-date?

Are your employees trained about potential scams? If not, now is the time to train! Make sure your employees know what to do in the event of a suspected breach of phishing attack.

It might be time to revisit your office’s policies and procedures. If you have remote workers, make sure your policies contemplate remote work. Make sure your IT policies are current.

Double check that your employee handbook clearly spells out expectations for remote work.

If you need to update your HIPAA Risk Assessment, employee handbook, or policies and procedures, now is the time to contact your healthcare attorney.

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