Generally speaking, there are two kinds of information people take most seriously: their financial information and their medical information. That’s why so many lawsuits result from the mishandling of medical records. The best way to prevent these kinds of incidents is by having a solid plan to keep client information safe. That’s why you need to be aware of the places your healthcare system may be lacking security.
Your Old Medical Files
If you’ve digitized your healthcare system, holding onto the old paper copies of patient files can put you at risk for a security breach. Once you have backed up those records to a digital system, shred the paper files to avoid having them fall into the wrong hands.
Your Mobile Devices
Whether it be a laptop used to quickly record patient data or a cell phone that employees use to communicate information quickly across floors, any mobile device you use needs to be securely kept track of to avoid having it (and patients’ information on it) stolen.
Your Digital Security System
Every device that stores patient information needs to be secured with firewalls and encryptions that make them difficult to hack. This helps protect them from hacking software that can remotely steal patient information in minutes.
Your Employee’s Social Media
While some patients don’t mind being featured on an office’s social media accounts, that’s not the case for everyone. If your employees post pictures, videos, or even just the name of a patient without his or her written consent, you could find yourself facing a lawsuit.
If you’re not sure if your healthcare system may be lacking security, ask the experts at Complete Shredding Solutions. We are experts when it comes to information elimination and offers media shredding services as well as paper items at affordable prices. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 516-442-1624.