There’s no doubt that technology is leaving a lasting impression on the healthcare industry. Wearable devices are helping to collect patient health data at lightning speed. Healthcare marketing can largely be automated. And admin tasks that once consumed the lives of providers and personnel can now be performed within seconds.
But there’s a darker side to the positive changes that technology has brought to healthcare. As systems continue to become more complex and advanced, the greater chance you have of traditional security measures becoming outdated. And with that chances come a greater risk to your healthcare data.
Your database is the foundation of your entire healthcare organization. If it were to become compromised, your patients aren’t the only ones affected. A single breach can negatively impact your image and create distrust in your organization.
To mitigate your risk, deploy these four database security best practices to protect your company and the patients that rely on you:
#1 – Conduct a Risk Assessment
Do you know where your vulnerabilities exist?
Risk assessments can help remove some of the guesswork associated with securing your database. There are several risks that healthcare organizations may be susceptible to, including DDoS, malware, viruses (no pun intended), network infiltration, and data loss through hardware failure, among others.
When you conduct a risk assessment, you’ll actively look for any vulnerabilities to your database. Once identified, you can work toward finding a satisfying resolution. Knowing your risks will also help you to create policies around database security for future needs.
#2 – Document All Security Policies and Expectations
Anytime you create a process, policy, or best practice, it’s important you document your findings. Not only is documentation essential for compliance, but it also gives you a go-to resource in the event of a data breach or other security threat.
#3 – Get Involvement From Every User
Every employee and patient who uses your healthcare database should practice good safety etiquette to ensure optimal operation. For example, employees should be discouraged from downloading attachments or opening files from a USB drive. Harmful files can corrupt your data, even if the user had no idea a file was dangerous.
Employees should receive ongoing training about security best practices, especially as technologies evolve and new employees are hired. It’s essential for new hires, in particular, to become integrated with a security-minded culture early in their employment.
#4 – Continue to Shape Your Security Strategy
Securing your database isn’t a one-time procedure. As you integrate new tools and technologies and phase out old ones, and as new threats in healthcare develop, you must ensure your database security is able to keep up with changing demands.
Commit to ongoing training, risk assessments, and leadership buy-in to ensure no gap in defense.
How Lifepoint Improves Database Security for Healthcare Organizations
Database security is serious business, and it’s important to rely on a provider that works just as hard as you do to protect your data.
Lifepoint was developed specifically for the healthcare industry to provide secure IT solutions without compromise. Lifepoint is designed to perform with the way you work, not against it, while offering the highest level of security and performance.
From EMRs to insurance verification, lab diagnostics to cloud printing – Lifepoint helps you and your patients gain peace of mind.
Contact us today to learn more about Lifepoint database solutions or schedule a live action demo.