Our Best Tips For Cybersecurity & HIPAA Compliance For Dental Practices

Are you concerned about the security of your dental practice's sensitive data? Worried about the repercussions of a data breach or non-compliance with HIPAA regulations? Look no further. Darkhorse Tech is here to be your trusted partner in safeguarding your practice's data and ensuring HIPAA compliance. 

Our team of experts has the knowledge and experience to handle all your cybersecurity needs swiftly and efficiently. By partnering with us, you can focus on what you do best – providing exceptional dental care – while we take care of your practice's security. In the meantime, here are a few tips for cybersecurity and HIPAA compliance for your practice. 

1. Make an Inventory of All Devices and Software

Before you can start securing your items, it’s important to know exactly what needs securing. To that end, dental practices should make a complete inventory of all devices that connect to their network, as well as any software they use.

These may include:

  • Desktops or laptops
  • Phones or calling systems
  • Tablets
  • Printers
  • Smart devices like lighting systems or ACs
  • Billing and patient retention software, etc.

2. Separate WiFi Connections 

It’s common for dental practices to offer their patients WiFi access to make waiting times less frustrating. Unfortunately, you cannot secure all the devices of your patients.

The better approach is to have two separate networks and ensure that patients don’t connect to the one the practice uses for storing and handling sensitive data. Both networks may be secured to an extent, but this way, if any device connected to the patient's WiFi is corrupted, it will not affect the practice’s data.

3. Always Regularly Maintain and Patch All System Hardware 

All software and hardware used by the practice must be constantly monitored to ensure they are up-to-date and functioning properly.

Out-of-date tools and devices are a real risk for data breaches and file corruption, which could result in HIPAA violations as well as damage to the practice's reputation.

4. Implement a Software Geofencing Policy 

A Geofencing policy limits access to a network to people located in a specific area, usually inside or near the practice. This limits the remote access of pirates and provides higher levels of data protection.

5. Cloud-Based Project Management

Cloud-based tools have a centralized security protocol and provide higher levels of protection. Tools installed on each computer are more vulnerable, as their security fully depends on the dental practice’s efforts.

6. Have an IT Partner

Dental practices are experiencing a changing landscape when it comes to their networks and digital tools. This creates the need for someone to constantly supervise their network, monitor for threats, and take a proactive approach to protecting sensitive information.

For more practice, this effort is too much to bear. An outside IT partner can provide the help practices need to remain compliant and protect their data.

How Darkhorse Tech Can Help 

Darkhorse Tech provides cybersecurity and IT services specifically designed to support the unique needs of dental practices.

Find out how we can help your practice stay ahead of digital threats by reaching out to us online.

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