Introduction

Modern dental offices are run electronically. While this offers many advantages for speed and efficiency when dealing with patient records and internal office data, it also exposes those offices – and their patients – to new dangers. Whether it’s due to a simple mistake or cyber thieves, exposed patient data can lead to heavy fines, public embarrassment, lost business and substantial remediation costs. Recent studies have found that data breach costs for healthcare providers can run as high as $363 per record lost.1,2 While there is no way to make an organization completely impervious to any electronic threat, smart cyber security measures can help you protect your patients and your practice.