The Growing Risk of Healthcare Cyber Attacks

With the rise of technological advancements in the healthcare industry, so comes the rise of data security threats. These are detrimental to your hospital in terms of finances, revenue cycle management, and patient trust.

Here is everything you need to know about these hospital cyber attacks and ways to thwart them.

Cyber-Attacks Will Continue to Grow

No matter what measures are taken, data security is an issue that will always exist. Hackers today are getting pretty creative with their techniques, now focusing on devices to get sensitive data about patient information and hospital finances. These threats are particularly problematic for healthcare security systems because, according to a 2014 report from the FBI, they lag behind security systems in other industries.


There is hope, fortunately, for hospitals looking to mitigate these threats in hopes of saving money and protecting sensitive information. Start with making sure your frontline employees, who deal with sensitive information, are trained correctly. The slightest error, be it working on an unsecure network or misusing patient records, could cost your hospital thousands.

You should also have a social media policy in place. Don’t allow employees to access these sites on work computers because this puts your hospital at risk. Lastly, you need to have a response plan just in case a breach does happen.

The last thing you need happening to your hospital is a data breach. By being proactive and having the right security measures, you can stay ready for these breaches before they even happen.


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