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Dr. Lorne Lavine, founder and president of The Digital Dentist, has more than 30 years invested in the dental and dental technology fields. A graduate of USC, he earned his DMD from Boston University and completed his residency at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, N.Y. He received his specialty training at the University of Washington and went into private practice in Vermont until moving to California in 2002 to establish TDD, a company that focuses on the specialized technological and HIPAA needs of the dental community. He can be reached at email@example.com or 866-204-3398.
Dental practices can avoid catastrophic data loss, HIPAA violations by a network failure or breach by taking the proper precautions.
Over many of my past articles, I’ve written about the need for dental offices to conduct regular network assessments. In the close to 20 years that I’ve been doing this, I’ve seen practices go through catastrophic data loss and HIPAA violations by a network failure or breach that should never have happened.
I’m sure many of you may think, well, it could never happen to me. That’s pretty much the same attitude I had until I started seeing it happen to my clients. Here are the eight most common problems I see when doing network assessments:
Pretty much all the issues I discussed above can easily be discovered during a risk assessment-you know, the one HIPAA requires by law. I urge all offices to re-evaluate their risk assessment and make sure their networks are safe and secure.