Information security presents a particular challenge to hospitals, physician practice groups, ambulatory care centers and other healthcare organizations. Unauthorized users have shown high interest in healthcare records and data, and according to the Ponemon Institute, the cost of breached healthcare data can be upwards of $363 per record. Additionally, healthcare organizations have rigorous compliance requirements they must regarding protection of patients’ sensitive data.
Securing information from hacker groups and staying compliant with federal agencies requires a robust risk management strategy. A key component of any risk approach is to focus on the areas of highest interest to your organization. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), information technology and physical loss of data number among the three most common information security risks healthcare organizations are up against. Steps should be taken to evaluate these three areas and the processes your organization is using to manage them. Read the full article.