Is there anything I can learn from the Equifax data breach?
Everyone will experience a data breach. It is just a matter of when. How you react will be the key.
Make sure you have a plan in place for how you are going to respond. This involves looking beyond your HIPAA policies. Your plan may include having a public relations person in place to handle issues.
You should also make sure you have a data breach plan:
- Act quickly to show affected individuals that you are trying to protect them.
- Make sure you take action to show you are genuinely attempting to remedy the problem. (Patients want to know you are doing everything you can to protect them and prevent a breach from occurring again.
If you do not have cybersecurity insurance, you should look into purchasing a policy. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Preventative training is key as human error is the cause of most breaches.
Follow your HIPAA security breach policies, and remember to perform a risk assessment.
~Karen McKeithen Schaede
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