One thing that many healthcare companies are concerned about is making sure that their buildings, patients, and files are secure so that they can stay compliant with the Health Information Patient Portability Act (HIPPA). Unfortunately, that is often easier said than done. Here are six suggestions for making sure your healthcare organization is safe.
Have a physical security presence
People are naturally intimidated by people in authority, and a security guard stands out. They have been trained to pay attention to people who belong and those who look like they are up to no good. Security guards can also patrol your parking lots to make sure that they are in good order and that you don't have any issues with loiterers or other hooligans.
Have a check-in protocol
For larger buildings it can be a challenge to maintain a secure environment to keep your patients safe. If you create a choke point that is staffed by security personnel, they can check individuals in as necessary. Make sure that everybody who enters has been vetted by your security desk to prevent any issues.
Apply security protocols to your computers
Computers are one of the easiest ways for people to access information that they shouldn't. For physical terminals that you have in patient rooms, make sure that they are secured by hardened passwords and that they lock as soon as they are unattended. Without these protections, somebody could easily access patient files and get into information that they shouldn't.
Perform security audits
One of the best ways to see how you are doing is to do random security audits. By checking your security features, you can make sure that nothing is happening that shouldn't be.
Have multiple layers of internet security
Your internet security is paramount, because that is one of the primary attack vectors. Make sure that you have fully patched, up to date firewalls in place. Monitor the traffic that comes in to make sure that nobody is probing your defenses. If they are, block their IP address and/or IP range to make sure you are okay.
Secure your Wi-Fi network
Wi-Fi is a blessing and a curse because it can make your network much more accessible than it otherwise would be. Lock this down with a secure password that is only known by IT people so that it doesn't leak out via accident.
As you do these things, you can make sure that your patients and their records are safe and secure! Contact a security company to ensure you are doing all you can to keep your company safe.