Most Vulnerable Data of Home Health Care Providers

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Most Vulnerable Data of Home Health Care Providers

Similar to other healthcare companies, home health care providers must adhere to HIPAA guidelines which require they protect patient data. However, hackers constantly present a problem by stealing data on the business’ servers. Here is a list of the most vulnerable data hackers are after.

Payment Information

Many patients use insurance to pay for their home health care. A hacker can take that information and fraudulently bill the insurance company. Credit cards, bank account information and health savings accounts are also vulnerable to theft.

Personal Information

A patient’s personal information is often contained in a server for access on mobile devices by clinicians attending to patients in their homes. This information includes their name, DOB, SSN and address which are prime targets for hackers. They can use the information for fraud and identity theft.

Health Records

The majority of people are not interested in others knowing about their detailed health histories and issues. This information can help hackers better target their fraudulent claims for lower rates of denial. As seen on Manchester Specialty Insurance, stiff penalties are common after home health data breaches.

Home health care providers need an effective security plan to protect the data of their patients. In addition to HIPAA violations, data breaches can bring forth lawsuits from patients whose data was stolen.

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