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Survey Results: Are Small Practices More Vulnerable to Data Breaches?

April 6, 2022

Over 20 percent of small healthcare organizations surveyed by Software Advice reported experiencing a data breach. However, 46 percent of those breaches could be blamed on human error, according to reporting by Jill McKeon in HealthITSecurity.

The survey results revealed that as healthcare cyberattacks and data breaches increase, too many healthcare organizations remain unprepared, McKeon writes.

The survey also found that 42 percent of small practices and 25 percent of large practices spent no more than two hours on data privacy and security training in 2021. Meanwhile, a third of large practices reported experiencing a data breach within the last three years, and 51 percent of those breaches were caused by human error, McKeon writes.

The report indicated that small healthcare organizations were more vulnerable to data breaches and cyberattacks for a variety of reasons. But if budget is a concern, McKeon summarized from the report, small healthcare organizations should consider focusing their limited resources on training employees and creating a culture of cybersecurity within their practice, rather than implementing the latest and greatest technologies.

“Throwing money at the problem of data security is certainly one way to address it, but it’s not the most effective (or even the smartest) option,” the report advised.

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