Strategies for boosting your practice’s information immunity

Physicians know how to treat human-borne viruses but are often unprepared to deal with the ones disseminated by computers.

Every day, viruses – along with worms, spyware, Trojans, bots, rootkits and other malicious intruders – infect millions of computers and shut down businesses large and small all over the world. Medical practices are not immune to these threats and their ensuing data breaches.

Rich repositories of personal, clinical and financial data, combined with relatively modest information management capabilities, make medical practices prime candidates for numerous cyber threats, from hacking to computer viruses. These threats will likely be more widespread as practice management systems increase in sophistication, patient information becomes more connected through electronic health records and health information exchanges and health data became more accessible as practices increase their use of tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices.