The healthcare industry is under an unprecedented barrage from cyber criminals who are looking to steal medical records and sell them for an extremely high value on the black market. Healthcare organizations are under increasing pressure to protect the privacy of their patients’ protected health information (PHI) due to several technological changes. The healthcare industry has seen growth in the increased usage of electronic health records, amount of networked medical devices, and the amount of complex data transfers to other organizations. These growing challenges and changes force healthcare organizations to increase their cybersecurity stance to protect the organization to its full extent.
Biggest Healthcare Security Threats to Look for in 2018
Theft of patient data
Healthcare organizations must develop a comprehensive cybersecurity program that measures and addresses all risks and regulation requirements. RB Advisory’s experts have an extensive knowledge of healthcare regulations and can provide the services that ensure all aspects of your organization are secure and operating effectively. We offer a number of services designed to meet the unique challenges these healthcare organizations face, including:
- Data privacy assessments
- Compliance Management
- Cybersecurity assessments
- IT audits
- Data analytics and continuous controls monitoring
- Cybersecurity awareness training
RB Advisory designed a Managed Compliance Security Program to help you meet the unique challenges you are facing.
- How to determine which regulations affect you and why
- How to get started on these relevant compliance initiatives:
- How we can help you meet security requirements:
- HIPAA risk analysis for small practices
- Breach response services
- Cybersecurity assessments & training
- IT Audits
- Building and testing business continuity plans
- Securing all networks and systems
- Enhancing data analytics capabilities
- Developing breach response procedures
To ensure HIPAA compliance a risk assessment should be done on the current systems using HIPAA standards and guidelines to highlight areas in which compliance is not enforced. A risk assessment against HIPAA guidelines exposes areas in which changes are needed incase older systems were installed before the HIPAA regulations.
Preventing Data Disasters
All the data handled by a medical practice should be safe both from loss and corruption. Data should be backed up in an offsite location such that damage to the facility does not destroy the backed up data as well. Antivirus programs should also be installed in all computers to ensure that data is not corrupted or destroyed by computer viruses.
Employee Training Programs
Untrained employees are typically the weakest links pertaining to cybersecurity. A medical practice could have a very secure encryption system, but if the employees don’t use passwords to securely access records and files the encryption system is rendered useless, and anyone can gain access to these records.