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DENTAL & MEDICAL COUNSEL: How Data Breaches Affect Dental Practices

As technology evolves so do the risks to a dental practice especially when it comes to HIPAA and other related security breaches of sensitive data. When you own a dental practice, a data breach occurs when there has been unauthorized access to data that is confidential which includes information such as patients’ social security numbers, names, addresses, birth dates and more. Most data breaches are sourced from several types of events: criminal attacks, system vulnerabilities or human error.

One study even shows that the average cost per compromised healthcare record is about $380. By multiplying this average number with the number of patients in a dental practice, the final result could be devastating. The costs typically consist of notifications to federal regulators, forensic investigations, credit monitoring services, and lawsuits.

The best way to avoid these potential costs is by preparing your dental practice ahead of time. A combination of data loss prevention...(continued)

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