In case you missed it, below are 5 ways to protect your practice. Just a quick 5 easy step process can save you hundred of thousands of dollars. Give it a quick read!
5 Ways to Protect Your Practice
- Make sure you have good Business insurance. – Review it on a regular basis. Most businesses carry some type of general liability insurance that would pay them if their building and the things in it were damaged. However, many businesses do not have enough coverage to replace all the computer equipment and devices, desks, art, supplies and other things they’ve accumulated over the years that are housed in their office. Make sure you review your policy every year and keep in mind new additions and assets you’ve accumulated during that year.
- Are you in the Cloud? – If not, you may want to consider it. One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing is that your data and assets are stored off-site in a highly secure, high-availability data center, with failover and redundancy built in. That means that if your building were destroyed and you had to evacuate, or if your server melted down due to an unexpected hardware failure, everything you’ve worked so hard to create over the years is safe and not a sitting duck in your unsecured closet or server room.
- Is your data secure? – Would you know if it wasn’t secure? Making sure your data is protected from the is a never-ending battle you don’t want to lose. Companies that get hacked and expose sensitive client and employee data can face severe penalties, lawsuits and massive loss of credibility in the marketplace. Make sure you never have to send an e-mail to your customers explaining the bad news that a hacker accessed their info through you. Further, if you keep any sensitive information (even passwords to portals containing sensitive information) on portable laptops, phones and other devices, make sure you have a way of controlling and safeguarding that information.
- It is a HIPAA requirement you have a disaster recovery plan. Do you? Have you put one together yet? It does not have to be anything difficult. You need to document, with as much detail as you can, what would happen if you lost all your data. How would you continue to see patients? Look at it this way…think of the disaster that is most likely to happen and that would have a severe and negative impact on your practice’s survival.
- Are you watching the internet? – Are you monitoring your employees? With so many people “addicted” to Facebook and Twitter, it’s important that your employees know where the line is in what they can and can’t post online. Especially because you deal with ePHI. We also recommend content-filtering so ware to block content and websites you don’t want employees visiting during work hours.
I know this is only 5 ways to protect your practice, but believe me…I can easily make this 25 ways! I only did 5 to get you going, so get going!!
Sheryl Cherico, CEO