Dental Practice IT Support & HIPAA Consulting
The first OCR enforcement on a dentist was in 2015. Since then there have been several more. In 2019 and 2020 a number of dental practices reported HIPAA breaches.
The number of dental offices hit by ransomware attacks and other malware attacks rose 165% in 2017.
HIPAA breaches are caused by a number of things. More often than not it is related to IT.
- Phishing (accounts for nearly 40% of all breaches)
- Theft of mobile devices
- Hacking/IT Incident
These are some of the top causes of HIPAA breaches. These are all IT related. There are many more IT-related causes of HIPAA breaches. This is why you need qualified and experienced dental practice IT and HIPAA consulting.
If your practice IT is the hygienist’s husband or the neighbor’s kid it’s time to revisit your plan. Dental Practice IT should not be taken lightly. Breaches are occurring all the time and will cost your dental practice significantly more than a professional IT consultant will cost. Don’t trust your dental office’s IT to just anyone.
Did you know if your dental practice IT consultant is not a HIPAA compliant business associate you could be on the hook for any breaches caused by your IT? Is that a risk you’re willing to take with your patient’s protected health information?
We Specialize in Dental Practice IT
Let’s talk about how we can improve your cybersecurity posture, HIPAA compliance, and IT efficiency.
Scott Gombar, the owner of Nwaj Tech, is a member of the 405d Task Force, a federal task force with a mission to improve cybersecurity for healthcare providers of all sizes.