Health Care Data at Risk for Security Breach

As more information is stored and transmitted electronically, the level of security required to preserve confidential, personal information is an essential component of any health care software. Avoiding a dangerous security breach requires experts to know what the vulnerabilities are of the current system in order to fix and reduce the risk of being hacked.

Since 2010, five out of eight major health care system data breaches have occurred in early 2015, according to IBM X-Force’s “2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index” as reported in a Healthcare IT article. Health care is one of the top five industries that have a higher risk of cyber-attacks.

“I do see it growing,” said Twila Brase, president of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, in a Newsmax.com article. “It’s one of the problems with a push towards a National Medical Records System because now we have created, or will create, a bigger and bigger target as our medical records get connected without our consent, mind you.”

According to a Verizon Data Breach Report released earlier this month, there are three main factors that contribute to medical data breaches. Stolen login information, abusing privileges and other miscellaneous human errors.

Knowing that a medical security breach is a threat, it is essential that steps are taken to prevent patient’s information from being comprised. Keep medical records confidential requires a constant evaluation of the strength of the system in place.

Here are a few steps to help reduce your risk of being hacked:

  • Create lengthy, strong passwords
  • Establish corporate “best practices” policies
  • Educate employees on the importance of vigilance when working on the company network
  • Have a protocol in place if a breach occurs

Do you have any other helpful tip for protecting sensitive information shared electronically?

 

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