Posted on August 29, 2017
Can You Play Cyber Defense?
On September 15, 2017 at Carle Place, NY on Long Island, Michael Dobkowski from Glacial Multimedia will be delivering a course lecture and prompting discussion around the topic of cyber security and HIPAA compliance for ophthalmology websites. Most practices are simply asking “where do I even begin?”
If you work in a busy medical practice as a physician or administrator, you must be familiar with HIPAA compliancy. There are many sides to HIPAA compliancy at the practice level and many challenges that you will face in the coming years. If you want to stay current and prevent your practice from violations, it’s important to stay updated on the basics. The United States enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) in 1996, in part to give healthcare patients better assurances that their personal medical histories and information would not be publicized or utilized for improper purposes.
Now, medical practices face a wide, complex and increasing number of digital, website and social media risks, including malware, email security, cloud-based applications, breaches, data collection storage and management, brand fraud, domain name hacks, website security, backend systems, phishing scams, digital bots, imposter social media accounts and mobile data security.
WHY THINK ABOUT CYBER SECURITY?
Has your website ever been hacked? Have you ever been fearful of a HIPAA violation and what this could cost your practice? As HIPAA compliance becomes more and more important it is critical to follow the necessary steps to completing a safe and secure online presence. HIPAA violations can lead to significant fines against any practice that is deemed responsible for failing to protect patient information and privacy.
The harsh reality is that many ophthalmology websites are not HIPAA compliant and are negligent by accepting ePHI. Aside from learning the main components of HIPAA compliant website forms and creating BAA agreements, this article will also display the steps for maintaining a secure website that is free from outside hacks.
If you are in NY and want to learn more about this event please feel free to contact The New York State Ophthalmology Society and ask about the “Winds of Change” conference at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place, New York.