If you own or manage a dental practice, investing in cybersecurity is essential for the continued growth and success of your business. If you become the victim of a data breach, you could face business disruptions, loss of reputation, and even steep fines due to HIPAA. Read on, and learn more about the importance of securing patient data at your dental practice.
Some dentists and other medical providers don’t believe that they are at risk of losing patient data to cyber criminals. But in reality, dental practices and other medical offices have a very high risk of being attacked by cyber criminals. Why? Here are just a few reasons:
In total, more than 385 million patient records have been exposed from 2010 to 2022, according to The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthcare organizations of any size can be vulnerable to hacks and data breaches.
For example, a recent data breach in May 2023 affected a dental benefits administrator called MCNA (Managed Care of North America). This breach affected nearly 9 million patients, and included information like full dates of birth, Social Security numbers, email addresses, driver’s license numbers, and more.
While incidents at most dental offices and related businesses are smaller in scale, even the loss of a few patient records can cause serious damage to your business, and result in steep fines and penalties if you’re found to have knowingly or unknowingly violated regulations such as HIPAA.
As if compromised patient data isn’t enough, you may also face steep fines under HIPAA if patient data is lost or stolen. Fines can be as low as $100 per violation for Tier 1 violations, but up to a minimum of $50,000 per violation for Tier 4 HIPAA violations.
So along with the costs of recovering from a serious cybersecurity incident, your practice may also be heavily penalized under HIPAA, depending on the cause and severity of the issue. That’s all the more reason to invest in cybersecurity services – you can avoid these costs, make sure you comply with HIPAA, and protect patient data before an incident occurs.
At Darkhorse Tech, securing dental IT systems is our specialty and our passion. If you’re worried about losing patient data, vulnerabilities to hackers, and fines under HIPAA, our IT experts can help. Contact us online to learn more about our dental IT services, and get the support you need to keep your patient data safe.
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