The Physician Office IT Security Guide provides practical steps and best practices to enhance privacy and security at the clinic level, and help physicians protect against security breaches and cyberattacks. It is meant to help physicians, clinic staff, and IT support to start on the path of creating a security culture within their practice and increase awareness of common safeguards to protecting patient information.
The healthcare sector has become an increasing target for cybercriminals. There are many safeguards clinics can implement to help protect patient information from security breaches and cyberattacks.
As we move towards establishing PCNs and a more integrated system of care, clinic security and the protection of patient health information is a paramount concern.
The document has been reviewed with the OIPC, CMPA, Health Authorities and Ministry of Health. It also complements the BC Physician Privacy Toolkit to provide practical tools to protect patient information.