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The Cybersecurity Epidemic in Healthcare

Deborah Frazier, Healthcare IT Sales Manager at Onepath, featured in GMGMA Magazine

Cybersecurity attacks on healthcare firms are like an infectious disease and they are wreaking havoc on the industry. The current rate of successful cybersecurity attacks in healthcare is roughly 23% and rising with many firms unaware of just how vulnerable they really are.

“Many healthcare organizations believe they are secure if everything is stored in the Hosted EMR,” says Deborah Frazier, Healthcare IT Sales Manager for Onepath, “but the truth of the matter is that they also store Protected Health Information (PHI) in word documents, excel spreadsheets, voice mails, emails, e-fax, and financial packages – just to name a few.  If a client has more than 500 patients whose information is recorded anywhere else in the system, they are at risk of being put on the HHS Breach list affecting more than 500 patients.”

To make matters worse, it is not just the PHI the hackers are after, it is the credit card information too.  And why not?  If a system is infected, the hackers are likely going to target multiple systems for anything of value – medical records, credit card data, emails, etc…

In this article, Deborah lists three immediate steps for firms to assess their own info-security health.  This three pronged approach is the best place to start regardless of the size of your practice.

The article was published in the Dec 2016 issue. To read the article, click here or on the picture.

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