Clinic Assist Security Features
Like most modern organizations, clinics are increasingly rely upon information systems for a wide variety of administrative and clinical functions, from patient records and lab results to radiology equipment. It facilitates data integration, patient engagement, and clinical support. It is important to remember these clinic information is highly sensitive and its theft and/or misuse has serious consequences. Hence, good practices should be observed by clinic staffs to protect against cyberattacks.
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is sometimes called multiple factor authentication. In simple terms, it adds an extra layer of security to every online platform you access. The first layer is generally a combination of a username and password. Adding one more step of authenticating your identity makes it harder for an attacker to access your data.
Passwords have been the mainstream form of authentication since the start of the digital revolution. But, this security measure is far from infallible. Here are some worrying facts about this traditional security measure:
- 90% of passwords can be cracked in less than six hours.
- Two-thirds of people use the same password everywhere.
- Sophisticated cyber attackers have the power to test billions of passwords every second.
The vulnerability of passwords is the main reason for requiring and using 2FA.
Automatic logoff occurs after a defined period of inactivity for clinic software containing patient information. This function addresses automatic logoff guidance from the HIPAA Security Rule Technical Safeguards on Access Control – “Automatic logoff is an effective way to prevent unauthorized users from accessing electronic protected health information on a workstation when it is left unattended for a period of time.”