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How to Protect Electronic Health Records from Cyberattacks

As society becomes more reliant on technology, the community health field faces increased threats of cyberattacks. According to the Federal Office for Civil Rights, there were 24 healthcare cyber breaches in January of this year. These breaches took place at both large organizations and small providers alike.

According to Healthcare IT News, it is becoming more common for small agencies to be targets for cyberattacks. The importance of protecting electronic health records (EHRs) grows as more medical devices are linked to health care information technology systems.  Smartphones are a target of the attacks as well.  

For small and large agencies alike it is important to put security in place to protect information. This includes software that segregates levels of access which will ensure that only authorized personnel can view information. In addition, it is important to track who can access what information and to encrypt data.

It is also important to back up data and records on a regular basis along with any systems and configurations. According to Healthcare IT News, this is a critical step in the defense of ransomware attacks. It is also important to have a plan in place in the event of a ransomware attack.