HIT Connsultant: Healthcare Cyber Hygiene: 5 Best Practices to Protect Patient Data

Protect patient data through healthcare cyber hygiene. Just as clinicians work ceaselessly to prevent hospital-acquired infections, CISOs, CIOs and healthcare IT departments must dedicate themselves to cyber hygiene—a series of best practices for protecting sensitive data. No matter what type of healthcare or related organization you work in—a large research hospital, clinic, regional medical center, insurance company, or a provider of business or clinical/CRO services—the data you work with must be protected. The five best practices that follow are a start:

1. Train employees
2. Encrypt data
3. Back up everything
4. Perform regular scanning of devices and applications
5. Conduct regular threat modeling and penetration testing

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