Protocols to Protect Your Healthcare Data

Protocols to Protect Your Healthcare Data

Healthcare is already one of the most targeted industries for cyber-attacks. Unfortunately, cyber-breaches are only expected to grow in 2019.

Safeguard your PHI (protected health information) by providing your team with these important systems and protocols.

Establish strict access policies

Accountants should not have access to the same data as physicians. In order to control access to PHI, your IT department must establish access restriction policies. This will ensure that none of your employees are viewing off-limits records or increasing the chances of a breach.

Furthermore, healthcare executives should implement strict policies. Staff members that access patient data without a valid business-related reason should be penalized. Proper training for IT security best practices will also greatly reduce the odds of a data hack.

Full-disk encryption

Full-disk encryption is an affordable and quick way to secure private information. It works by rendering stolen data unreadable to anyone without the matching decryption key.

Encryption may sound like old news, but with increased mobility it is more important than ever. Stolen or lost devices can create an enormous security risk that comes with a hefty price tag. For this reason, encrypted data can be a sincere data and life-saver. For example, let's say a healthcare provider’s laptop is taken. A thief could sell PHI for more than $350 per record.

Set up proper safeguards 

Your primary goal should be to reduce potential entryways into your network. Email and unsecured websites are the most common ways for malware to infect your network. Therefore, healthcare providers should establish the right safeguards. Advanced firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and email filtering software can work to protect your network properly.

If malware does manage to get into your network, it is important to stop it from spreading. Next-gen anti-malware software can detect and quarantine any signs of a breach. If these systems fail, a data backup and recovery plan is an excellent way to make sure that patients will be cared for during a major incident.

Have questions about the above information? Don't hesitate to give us a call. CAVU will guarantee these cyber-security measures have your back.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.