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Don't Let Malware Lead to Malady

The Vermont National Guard was called in this month to fix a debilitating cyberattack (hacking incident) on the University of Vermont Medical Center and its five state hospitals. Patient appointments and treatments had to be canceled. Prescription information was inaccessible. Outpatient labs had to close.
 
It’s a mistake to think that your medical practice is too small to be at risk of a cyberattack. According to Medical Economics, stolen healthcare records bring in big bucks. There are two common ways hackers can get to yours: entering your network through email or holding your data for ransom.
 
Patients entrust their lives to their physicians, and they expect that their personal health information will be secure and protected.
 
The first defense against a cyberattack is to educate your employees. In fact, 88% of today’s data breaches are caused by human error and, according to Verizon, user error is among the fastest growing causes of breaches.

Bottom line: We must make every effort to train our employees to recognize fishy emails, change office passwords regularly and notify an office manager immediately if something is awry. Protecting against cyberattacks could not only save your patients, it could save your practice.
 
See more practice improvement tips from Dr. Baum
Neil H. Baum, MD, is medical advisor to Vanguard Communications and author of two books: Marketing Your Clinical Practice - Ethically, Effectively, and Economically, now in its 4th edition, and The Complete Business Guide to a Successful Medical Practice.

Dr. Baum has been dubbed "Dr. Wiz" for his love of magic and his urology specialty practice. 
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