Data security and privacy seem to be in the news almost daily. From hacks into various government sites to the latest credit card leaks with major retailers, we are reminded that understanding the risks of data ownership is imperative in today’s digital age. Dental practices must make sure that their data, especially patient data, is secure by implementing a proper security plan.
Since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), requirements to fortify against the improper use and access of patient health information have called for entities to improve protection strategies and tactics. These requirements have only been reinforced with the HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) of 2009 and the Omnibus Final Rule of 2013.
When implementing a security plan, you should consider multiple safeguards for data access and data use. It is also important to note, as you develop and implement plans to fortify against potential threats, that “security is not a one-time project, but rather an ongoing, dynamic process that will create new challenges as covered entities’ organizations and technologies change.” (Security 101 for Covered Entities (CMS, November 2004))
Henry Schein strongly encourages practices to work with both computer and security policy experts to help create and implement a comprehensive security plan. Henry Schein offers assistance in implementing appropriate network security through TechCentral, our office technology and security experts. For more information about TechCentral and its Protected Practice solutions and services, visit www.hstechcentral.com/ProtectYourPractice. To speak with a Henry Schein TechCentral expert today, call 877.483.0382.