A Medical Practice official must decide which procedures and equipment will best prevent unauthorized, and inadvertent disclosure of your patient's protected information (PHI). For storage for example, you will need to use locked office doors and cabinets, computer firewalls, and computer passwords
The recent Massachusetts privacy law changes that took effect in 2011 made it almost impossible for businesses to simply throw away their patients or the client’s documents in the trash. This new law requires all businesses that collect their customers and patient’s data i.e. names, phone numbers, Social Security numbers and addresses to safeguard this data with utmost security. Data breaches can cause small business to go bankrupt because of the high negative company reputation and liability exposures.
The intentional or unintentional release of secured and confidential information that involves the transfer, copying, viewing or stealing the information is called Data Breach. There are many different types of data breaches as well as a variety of motives behind these. A data breach can be a result of a personal grudge that will lead to Identity theft, Credit card and Health information breaches or it can be organizational competition in which the company’s secret documents, finances, ideas and intellectual property is stolen.