Data breaches are on the rise in the U.S., increasing 27.5 percent in 2014, and health care companies in particular need to start being more vigilant. Earlier this year, Anthem, a major health insurance company, experienced a cyber attack that made 80 million Americans’ sensitive information available to hackers. It serves as an important lesson on just how critical data protection can be.
As an IT service provider, it’s your responsibility to help protect your health care customers from the threat of cybercriminals attempting to gain access to patients’ confidential information. But health care businesses also need their service providers to be aware of key regulations about how health care information is handled. To position yourself as an expert in health care IT, there are a few things you need to know.