At Sunnyside Dentistry, we’re committed to protecting not only our patients’ health, but their privacy, as well. As your trusted dentist in Clackamas, we understand the trust our patients place in us when revealing personal medical information, and we take every precaution to ensure your private information stays confidential.
While you may not realize it, your medical information is actually worth 10 times more to hackers and thieves than your credit card or bank account numbers. It’s not surprising considering the value of this information that medical information has become a common target for theft in recent years.
The percentage of health care organizations that report a criminal cyber attack each year has risen from 20 percent in 2009 to 40 percent in 2013, according to a survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute, a data protection policy think tank.
In 2014, the FBI began warning healthcare providers about the dangers of cyber attack follow the theft of over 4.5 million individual patient records from Community Health Systems Inc. – one of the U.S.’s largest hospital operators – by Chinese hackers.
The FBI reports that cyber attacks on the health care industry have increased in part because many hospitals and general health care providers rely on outdated computer systems that don’t utilize the latest security features to protect this valuable information.
Once hackers have obtained a patient’s medical records – which include such sensitive information as birth dates, billing information, policy numbers and diagnosis codes – they use the information to create fake IDs to purchase prescription drugs or medical equipment they can resell, or they use a patient’s policy number to file false insurance claims.
When your personal medical information becomes stolen it presents a very real threat to both your privacy and your ability to receive the medical care you need.
Committed To Protecting Your Medical Records
When you schedule a dental appointment with a dentist in Clackamas you should feel confident that any personal medical information you share will be kept confidential and fully protected.
As a health care provider, we believe it’s our duty to go above and beyond what’s required when protecting our patients’ privacy. That’s why at Sunnyside Dentistry, we’re pleased to announce the investment and implementation of an additional $10,000 worth of the latest security computer hardware to ensure our patients’ records remain fully encrypted and secure from the threat of cyber attack.
Our commitment to patient privacy has earned Sunnyside Dentistry the distinction of being a HIPPA Compliance Center Certified Practice!
Just one more reason why at Sunnyside Dentistry, the needs of our patients always comes first.