Data Security Best Practices

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As the healthcare industry continues to expand, it has become a bigger target for hackers. According to an Experian study, data breaches in the medical field are expected to rise in 2014. So, what can a small or even a large practice do to protect themselves from a data breach? We have put together a “Data Security Best Practices” list for things you should be aware of.

Data Security for Medical Offices

  • HIPAA requires 178 bit encryption for all data. Instead of settling for the minimum, see if your software provider offers 256-bit encryption. This boost can be immensely useful in deterring data breaches. Encryption should be applied to all backup hard drives, your network and regular hard drives to ensure a higher level of security.
  • Read up on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Risk Management Framework. This will help you evaluate IT systems containing private health information to ensure they are in compliance with all standards set forth by HIPAA.
  • Provide training regarding proper handling of patient information. Protected health information (PHI) should be secure at all times. Maintaining up-to-date security practices and software is extremely important.
  • Office administrators logging into your network should be required to authenticate on all computers at your practice. This access can also include controlling access and validation privileges to add another level of data protection.
  • Change passwords at least every 6 months. The more random the password, the better as hackers can use personal information to decipher a password. Additionally, passwords over 12 characters are considerably more difficult for hackers to crack. Consider using a random password generator to create one that is extra secure.

The move to electronic health records (EHRs) has allowed for better healthcare opportunities but it also has it’s risks. By following these data security best practices, your data will be kept more securely. Protect your patient’s data and keep your practice compliant to avoid costly fines and other penalties.

Not only can EHRs provide more security for your patient’s medical data, but it can make your medical billing more streamlined and successful. Billing Advantage can provide secure, affordable billing services to make sure your claims are being paid in a timely manner. Our partnership with Kareo allows us to provide top-notch billing services to each of our clients. To learn more about this partnership and how it can benefit your practice, click here.

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