The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) established industry standards for anyone working in healthcare. As such, HIPAA rules for dentists are the same as any other covered entity’s (CE) obligations. HIPAA regulations for dental offices require HIPAA protected health information (PHI) to be safeguarded in the form of administrative, technical, and physical safeguards. With the increase in healthcare breaches, HIPAA dental compliance has never been more important.
Protecting patients’ PHI should be a top priority for any healthcare entity as the healthcare industry is the most targeted for ransomware attacks. A ransomware attack occurs when a hacker infiltrates an organization’s internal network and encrypts or steal sensitive data, demanding a sum of money for its return. Some medical practices, especially smaller ones, think that they don’t need to be concerned about ransomware attacks, however, hackers are increasingly targeting small businesses as they are easier targets.