How to Prevent Breaches
There are several ways in which healthcare organizations can increase their overall security and prevent medical practice software data breaches, many of which are HIPAA requirements.
Risk Assessments and Remediation Plans
Risk assessments are arguably the most important part of determining the overall security health of an organization. Conducting a risk assessment allows for vulnerabilities in an organization’s safeguards to be identified. As a HIPAA requirement, healthcare organizations must conduct annual risk assessments to account for changes in business operations.
Additionally, organizations must implement remediation plans to address identified gaps and vulnerabilities. Remediation plans bolster an organization’s overall security posture.
User Authentication and Encryption
User authentication is a means for determining whether or not an entity attempting to access data is a trusted party. The best way to implement user authentication is through multi factor authentication (MFA). MFA requires users to input multiple unique login credentials, such as a username and password in combination with security questions, before they can access data. MFA prevents unauthorized access to data as, even if a hacker has access to an employee’s login credentials, they will be unable to access data unless they have access to the employee’s other login credentials.
Another way to prevent unauthorized access to data is through encryption. Encryption masks sensitive data so that is unreadable to entities that don’t possess a decryption key. As such, even if an unauthorized user gains access to an organization’s network, they will be unable to read sensitive data.
Access Controls and Audit Controls
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