HIPAA compliance is required in order to avoid large fines from the federal government, but there is another issue you can address when you implement HIPAA compliance – strengthening your practice’s network security.
Your patients’ data is worth a lot of money on the black market, and hacks of medical practices and hospitals are on the rise with the latest trend in cyber-attacks being ransom-ware. This is malware that restricts access to your computer system and demands that the you pay a ransom to access your data. If you are not prepared for these attacks, your practice could be destroyed.
Most medical practices don’t have a plan for regular backups, or a disaster recovery plan, and choose to pay the ransom to hackers in order to regain access to the data that is vital for their day-to-day operations. In March 2016 alone, more than a dozen medical facilities were attacked.
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