Have you suffered a data breach?
A four-step assessment:
A data breach in the dental industry isn’t just nerve-racking – it’s also expensive and can potentially shut a practice down. The bad news is nearly every company will experience a data breach of some magnitude during the life of their company. This guide helps you to identify the type and severity of a data breach.
Across all business sectors in 2014, there were approximately 783 data breaches that resulted in 85 million records being compromised. In the healthcare industry alone, there were 333 breaches and 8.2 million records compromised.
There’s a lot of confusion on what constitutes a breach in the healthcare industry. Under HIPAA, it is presumed that an impermissible use or disclosure of protected health information (PHI) is a breach unless the covered entity or business associate demonstrates that there is a low probability that the PHI was compromised.
To make that determination, HIPAA mandates that those organizations perform a risk assessment on at least the following four factors: