To reduce the risk of security breaches and data hacks, it is important to establish protocols and role-based permissions for staff. Rigorous access controls are the best way to protect general practice data.
General practice staff often only need access to the minimum data needed to fulfil their role. With a software that can manage who has access to what through appropriate security measures, practices can ensure access to CIS is secure and controlled.
It is important to note that security measures need to be constantly updated, requiring staff to input new strong and unique passwords every three months, for example. These also allow practices to monitor and ensure accountability for who accessed and entered specific practice data for audits.
Another way to ensure your practice reduces their security risks is setting up software in the cloud. This eliminates security risks and hassles linked to in-house storage, including needing to regularly back up critical data and secure data from unauthorised access. It also includes ensuring there are copies in a second location in case the general practice is victim of theft or a natural disaster.
Switching to a cloud-based software provides additional security over the patient record that is not available in a medical practice. The security risk of a server sitting under the reception desk with the administrator username and password taped to the top is too great in today’s environment of ransomware and the value placed on data privacy.
Cloud-based technology can also automatically update and upgrade your software, ensuring hardware is continuously supported and further protecting important clinical data from data breaches.