Using a HIPAA Mobile Device Policy
A HIPAA Mobile Device Policy is a good way to keep devices secure. By having a standard procedure for implementing mobile device security, you minimize the likelihood that you’ll be breached.
HIPAA Mobile Device Policies, such as Bring Your Own Device Policies, help to provide guidance to your staff on best practices for mobile device security. HIPAA Mobile Device Policies help to keep your network, and the endpoints connected to it, secure. Failure to have endpoint protection systems in place can cripple an organization if a ransomware attack allows an unauthorized party to access a network and corrupt data.
During ransomware attacks, hackers can access medical records and encrypt patient files. They then ask for a ransom from the healthcare organization to unencrypt the files. Without patient files, many healthcare providers opt to pay the ransom so that they can treat patients. But this practice just perpetuates the cycle of ransomware attacks.
A past ransomware attack left a doctor’s practice without access to their files. The practice’s doctors decided not to pay the ransom; as a result, the hackers deleted all of the patients’ records. The deleted files included patient contact information, appointment dates/times, and medical history.
Doctors could not contact patients and view appointments. Instead, they were forced to depend upon patients simply showing up to receive care. The quality of follow-up care was negatively impacted because patient records were unavailable. This resulted in a significant decrease in the office’s standard of care.
The practice permanently closed doors in the wake of the ransomware attack. The cyberattack likely contributed to the closure, which could have been avoided if adequate endpoint protection measures were in place.