How To Keep Your Patient Data Safe
The internet is a scary place these days. With all the hacking going on, it’s hard to know how to keep your patient data safe. Luckily there are some steps you can take to make sure that your patients’ information stays secure. We’ll go over those in this post so you can be confident that your business will be protected from cyber-attacks and hacks!
The Value and Importance of Health Information Privacy
Privacy is a vital consideration in the healthcare industry. Laws like HIPAA exist to protect patient privacy, but it’s not enough for doctors and nurses to simply abide by these laws alone – they also need to make sure that their staff are properly trained on how best to handle sensitive information or risk penalties from the government. **A recent study found that more than two-thirds of employees don’t know what data should be considered confidential. In some cases, this could mean sending a report with private information attached via email instead of faxing it, which can allow someone inside your company (or outside) access without authorization.
Why is it so important to protect patient confidentiality?
Protecting patient confidentiality is one of the most important principles that doctors and nurses follow. It’s not enough for these professionals to simply abide by this law – they also need to make sure their staff are trained on how best to handle sensitive information or risk penalties from the government. In addition, a recent study found that 66% of employees don’t know what data should be considered confidential. This could mean sending a report with private information attached via email instead of faxing it, which can allow someone inside your company (or outside) access without authorization. To avoid any breaches in security, there needs to be an internal audit done every year so everyone knows exactly what type of information falls under “confidential.”
How To Keep Your Patient Data Safe
Make sure passwords for all of your devices – including computers, tablets, smartphones – have at least eight characters with both letters and numbers. Don’t reuse old passwords or passcodes across different accounts either! Be creative about how you store them too; using two-factor authentication should help too.
The best way to protect patient confidentiality is by knowing the basics. Medical information should never be shared on unsecured networks or made available publicly, for instance – it could lead to identity theft and more serious consequences.
It’s also important that you’re honest with your doctor about all of your medical history; this means any prescription medication, too! This will help them make a diagnosis quicker than if they don’t know what else may contribute to an issue- which may have otherwise been missed out on. Be sure not to disclose anything you wouldn’t want someone like your boss seeing either though; many doctors keep records of their patients’ mental health conditions as well.
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