Data breaches are costly — especially for healthcare providers.
A recent industry study1 forecasts data breaches cost about $5.6 billion for healthcare providers annually, which means there is a lot of work to do as an industry to protect sensitive information. As healthcare moves toward more connected care, the amount of data exchanged between organizations will only grow, and this means the potential for exponential security risks.
Just as with population health and regulatory reform, security is complex and layered: the more you prepare, the more secure your organization can be — and it can’t happen overnight. Therefore, if you’re not already taking steps now to enable data to be captured, accessed and shared among patients, providers and payers, you may be a few steps behind.
According to some industry experts, the hard truth is that breaches are inevitable. Here are three practical tips for helping to strengthen your healthcare data security processes, helping you to become more proactive versus reactive: