All healthcare providers want to protect their patients’ privacy and personal information. It’s a team effort to keep proprietary information private. In fact, IT Online suggests that internal teams, IT teams and the government all have to work together to accomplish this. When working with a company that handles portable radiology, make sure they take proper security measures. This will keep data and information safe. Most importantly, make sure you trust any company that you trade data with. Here is information to help keep your information and your patients’ data safe.

Why do hackers target healthcare companies?

Today, many hackers target healthcare, specifically radiology, companies because they are completely digital. In fact, ITSecurity Wire says that the healthcare industry is evolving into a virtual environment. This means that securing your practice and patient information is critical.

One study found that over one billion radiology images remain exposed online through vulnerabilities. Healthcare companies, and radiologists in particular, have to prepare to fight against these attacks. If you don’t have any measures in place to protect your business from cyber threats, here are great tips to help you get started. 

3 Preventative steps to protect your company

  1. Radiology Business recommends that you follow the acronym “CIA” to prepare for security threats. For this purpose, “CIA” stands for confidentiality, integrity and authenticity. First, confidentiality refers to the use of devices and networks that encrypt all of your communications. Second, integrity refers to the use of images have not been tampered with. Lastly, authenticity refers to the use of images that come from known and trusted sources only.
  2. The saying is that hindsight is twenty-twenty. The best way to prevent an attack is to take action before an issue arises. DI says that implementing security systems inclusive of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions is one of the most important actions to take. 
  3. Another great idea to be proactive is to add security to employees’ mobile devices if they access confidential material remotely. This may be something as simple as mandating that access to work devices require fingerprint and facial recognition. Furthermore, encourage employees to change their passwords frequently and implement two-factor authentication where possible.

Summary

Keep confidential company and patient information safe by identifying vulnerabilities and proactively preventing against cyber attacks. To be successful, it requires an ongoing team effort. Hackers and cyber threats will always be out there. The more difficult you make it for them to gain access to your business, the less likely it is that your data will be compromised.

If you are interested in working with a mobile imaging company that takes cyber security and patient safety very seriously, please reach out to us here. We’d love to work with you!

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