You’re probably aware of the risks of cyberattacks and identity theft. What you may not know is that patients’ medical records — even more than Social Security numbers and credit card information — are a primary target of these attacks. Here’s what you may not know about risks to your patients’ — and your practice’s— data.
As with most threats, the first step in preparing yourself is to be aware that you could be a target. To learn more about cybersecurity, read “Top 10 Tips for Cybersecurity” at healthit.gov.
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Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy, 2012 [freedom-to-tinker.com/2012/05/14/going-to-the-doctor-and-worrying-about-cybersecurity]
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