4 Ways Network Monitoring Can Keep Your Medical Records Safe

Jack Berberian

Is your office or practice preparing to update its digital infrastructure and networks?

Did you know that the healthcare industry reported 233 data breaches in 2017 related to hackers and insiders?

With HIPAA compliance and patient privacy being top priorities alongside patient care, network monitoring can be a lifesaver for protecting sensitive data.

Read on to learn 4 ways that network monitoring can help to keep your electronic patient record files safe!

1. Enhanced Security
Business networks that store sensitive data, such as an electronic patient record database, are always at risk for security breaches.

Networks can be compromised in many ways. Security issues can arise from email viruses, backdoor or open-port viruses and malware, ransomware, trojan horses, and phishing.

If a hacker gets their hands on patient data, it could cost your business thousands from HIPAA violations and civil lawsuits.

Proper network monitoring keeps an eye on the source of all inbound and outbound traffic to your network. This ensures that patient data is safe on your server.

2. Increased Reliability
With network monitoring, your practice’s computer networks will undergo regular maintenance to ensure the systems are running efficiently.

With patient information changing day-to-day, a reliable network will ensure that the system doesn’t miss a step in updating patient records.

It will also optimize the connection between computers on and off the network so that both patients and providers can access records quickly, in a secure manner.

3. Data Recovery
A system failure can result in huge losses of patient data. These types of data losses can slow down business, create errors in patient records, and cause a breakdown of patient trust in the practice.

Network monitoring works to prevent damaged data or losses.

In the case of a failure, provided backup storage is essential for restoring or repairing any lost patient data.

4. Plan for Increased Business
Is your business growing? Is your network prepared to keep up with the growth?

On top of all the security benefits of network monitoring for a healthcare practice, these measures are also great for a growing business.

For a healthcare practice to grow, it needs more patients. More patients means more patient data files.

As a business grows, the network and systems will need to expand to meet increased patient data load.

Network monitoring will allow you to judge the data and traffic increases ahead of time. This helps avoid strain on system resources.

Doing so will help you plan to improve your computer systems and avert a disastrous crash that can result in lost or damaged data.

Is Your Electronic Patient Record Data in Good Hands?

Network monitoring is one piece of the cybersecurity puzzle that can work to keep your electronic patient record files secure.

With big data breaches and ransomware on the rise in 2018, it’s more important than ever to make sure your practice’s network is secure.

What security measures have you put into place? Let us know in the comments!

Worried your system and electronic patient record files are at risk? Contact us for a free network audit!

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