Managing your patients’ health records is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. With the risk of a data breach increasing daily, it is important to ensure that your practice is not to blame for any lost or stolen information in order to maintain a positive reputation.
So, exactly how likely is it that your sensitive business documents will fall victim to a cyber breach? Unfortunately, healthcare organizations are a major target for those looking to steal the personal information of other individuals for their own benefit.
In order to develop a better understanding of the growing threat of cyber attacks in the healthcare industry, as well as some tips on how to prevent a data breach from happening to your practice, check out this video by The Doctors Company:
To provide further insight regarding how quickly the threat of a cyber breach is growing, Total Data Protection company Bitglass has reported that the percentage of healthcare organizations responsible for record leaks increased in 2015 to 98%. This is already a 4% increase, in just one year, from 94% in 2014 as portrayed in the video.
As the video states, falling victim to a data breach is not a matter of if it will happen, but rather when it will happen. For this reason, taking preventative steps—such as disposing of patient records once they are past their retention period and having safeguards in place and a reactive plan set in stone in the event that a data breach occurs—is crucial to the future of your practice.
Is Your Medical Practice Protected from Data Breach Threats?
Because medical records contain an extensive amount of information for a single individual, identity thieves are constantly on the lookout for ways to obtain patient information. Shred Nations can connect you with experts across the nation to help you combat the growing threat of a data breach.
For more information, take a few seconds to fill out the form on the right or give us a call at (800) 747-3365. Our agents will be happy to answer any questions and can set you up with medical records shredding or electronic media destruction services anywhere across the U.S.
Please visit our sister company, Record Nations, for secure records management options.