A data breach in the dental industry isn’t just nerve-wracking – it’s also expensive and can potentially shut a practice down. The bad news is nearly every company will experience a data breach of some kind during the life of their company.
As we have discussed in many previous articles, HIPAA has changed the way that dental practices need to operate. Not only do dentists need to be current on the latest technology and IT systems, but they must also ensure that they incorporate technologies in a HIPAA-compliant manner.
A leading OS X native dental software, ICD-10-capable MacPractice 5.1 is compatible with Yosemite (required for charting) and Mavericks and interoperates with MacPractice’s iOS 8 compatible Patient Check In, Clipboard and iEHR apps for iPad, as well MacPractice Interface for iPad and MacPractice Interface for iPhone.
Of all the HIPAA rules and regulations, having a contingency plan is easily the most critical. In dentistry, we use various terms like data backup, disaster recovery and practice continuity, but they all mean the same thing: you need to have a solid backup of your critical practice data.
Technological advances have given healthcare professionals the ability to correspond efficiently with medical professionals, specialists and consultants. This not only allows doctors to provide patients with the care they deserve, but also appropriate for their medical needs. These technological advances however, create concerns for patients if doctors and staff are not guarding their information.
MEA|NEA, Inc.,a provider of secure unstructured health information exchange, has formed a strategic alliance with Virtru to provide HIPAA-compliant email services to nearly 50,000 dental and medical practice clients and 700 health systems throughout the United States.