Where does healthcare security stand?
It depends which aspect of security you’re looking at – some areas are severely outdated, while other areas are on the rise.
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Security problems are abundant in the healthcare industry. Recent industry-wide security problems include:
- Outdated technology;
- Encryption policies that are not followed, not existent or insufficient;
- Insider snooping;
- Breaches and other concerns.
The good news.
There has been some progression by way of security in the healthcare industry within the past year. For example, more practices have been encrypting their data.
However, other areas have gotten worse. Security incidents caused by insiders are on the rise.
We help our clients create risk assessments to prioritize their data encryption, train their employees, and protect against breaches.
Outside breaches have also increased and hackers are getting bolder. Large scale breaches are also on the rise.
While security threats and issues continue to evolve with the ever changing nature of healthcare, it is important to protect your practice.
The best way to protect your practice is to make sure you are keeping up with your HIPAA Risk Assessment.
Your risk assessment should alert you to the biggest threats that your practice faces. Follow through with your practice’s training and keep your encryption and technology updated.
It is important that you stay on top of security issues and threats so that your practice does not become part of a breach statistic.
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