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Patient Attraction Episode 905
What happens when a hospital ignores security vulnerabilities with its patient information? They wind up paying a lot of money, among other things. I’ll be back with the details and the implications for dentists, when we come back.
– I’m Colin Receveur, and welcome to the Patient Attraction Podcast™.
– The University of Mississippi Medical Center paid a high price for ignoring cybersecurity problems that they’d known about for years.
– In August, the hospital agreed to a $2.75 million settlement for HIPAA violations.
– The Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights found that the hospital knew of their system’s vulnerabilities as far back as 2005.
– However, nothing was done until a laptop was reported stolen, and 10,000 patients’ records were put at risk.
– Adding to its problems, the hospital failed to notify patients whose information may have been compromised.
– How many patients do you keep electronic records on?
– And when was the last time you had your electronic system audited for potential security issues?
– Do you have a system in place to notify you of breaches of patient information?
– As the University of Mississippi Medical Center case proves, HIPAA can nail you for what you failed to do.
– Your dental practice doesn’t need the bad press, the loss of patient trust, or the financial penalties for a HIPAA violation.
– So take action today to make sure that your system is as protected against intrusion or accidental data loss as it can be.
– And patient information should never leave your practice.
– Far too many breaches occur when a laptop is stolen, or forgotten while traveling.
– If you must carry patient information – for instance, for a presentation – make sure it’s thoroughly scrubbed of all potentially identifying information.
– HIPAA definitely has teeth, and you don’t want to be bitten.
– Join me for our next podcast.
– Until then, keep moving forward.