When it comes to security and compliance, a lot of smaller healthcare practices think they can get away with little to no effort.
Because they think they’re flying under the radar. Because they don’t think they have the resources to spend on better cybersecurity. Because they have a small staff that’s focused on what they believe to be more pressing matters.
Not only is this all untrue – it’s dangerous.
Is your small or specialty medical practice risking a data breach and HIPAA noncompliance fines?
Maybe you think cybercriminals don’t care about medical practices as small as yours.
You’re wrong – nearly half of all reported data breaches in 2019 affected small organizations, mainly because they’re incredibly easy targets. The fact is that most cybercriminals aren’t spending all that much time or effort in any attack – they’re just sending phishing emails, setting up malware traps, and other largely passive and automated tactics.
For example, a Wyoming community health system, with no more than 90-beds, was hit by ransomware late last year. In the aftermath, they had to cancel appointments and suspend services, severely affecting their patients, and their ability to operate.
Are you facing the same risks?
You are required by HIPAA to regularly revisit your HIPAA compliance policies and procedures in order to make sure they keep in line with changes to regulations, and changes within your organization.
While you could do so on your own, it’s smarter to have your IT company assess your HIPAA risk potential. This assessment should involve the following considerations:
Our team understands how complicated HIPAA compliance is, and that organizations of your size need to focus their available personnel on treating patients. That’s why we’ll handle your HIPAA compliance for you.
On your behalf, we’ll conduct a risk assessment to identify gaps between your existing security measures and compliance requirements. Our HIPAA compliance consultants will make sure that best practice IT protocols are followed.
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