Ransomware and the Effect on Chiropractic

Like any computer users in the modern age, chiropractors and their staff are vulnerable to malicious attacks of technology.  While doctors may be familiar with the threat of computer viruses and spyware on their clinic computers, a new menace is growing, and it poses an equally dangerous threat to the security of chiropractic data and patient electronic health records.  Known as ransomware, individuals with malicious intent have recently been targeting the healthcare industry, holding critical patient and medical records hostage until a demanded ransom has been paid.

As the media has widely reported, Hancock Health, an Indiana-based hospital system, recently experienced a complete computer system failure after a hacker introduced ransomware into their computer network.  Hospital and patient files were encrypted by the attack, preventing access to this information until a sum of four bitcoins (valued at around $50,000) was paid to unlock the data.  Weighing the cost of paying the ransom versus the loss of their critical health records, Hancock Health chose to pay, and their data was ultimately restored.

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What does this mean for chiropractors?  If hackers are willing to target smaller healthcare facilities for relatively small sums in return, then chiropractic clinics everywhere are at risk.

Fortunately, ChiroSpring practice management software users can rest easy.  Unlike legacy server-based software programs that keep an entire clinic’s collection of data on one single office computer, ChiroSpring’s hybrid-cloud based system doesn’t leave clinic and patient data at risk on any vulnerable practice computer.  All ChiroSpring clinic and patient data is stored and protected in secured, HIPAA compliant servers, where electronic and physical security tools combine with 24 hour monitoring and hourly backups to keep your data safe and sound. Exactly as it should be.  ChiroSpring keeps computer viruses, malware, ransomware, and other malicious attacks from crippling your practice.  Simply boot up any functioning PC, Mac, or tablet computer from any Internet-connected location, and you’ll have access to your entire practice’s collection of data in under a minute.  Whereas something as simple as a hard drive crash can devastate a practice running server-based software, advanced threats like viruses or ransomware can lead to the closure of clinics altogether.

Unfortunately, the electronic threats that chiropractors face are real, and those with malicious intent have shown that targeting smaller healthcare facilities can be profitable.  Doctors must take steps to protect themselves.  Fortunately, clinics around the world are partnering with ChiroSpring practice management software to enjoy not only the primer chiropractic software experience, but also the peace of mind that comes with the security and reliability of ChiroSpring’s cloud-based data storage.

If you’re ready for a more secure and dependable practice management software, please visit us at www.chirospring.com. From our website you can request a quote, watch a software demonstration video, or connect with us for a personalized software walk-through.  Protect your business and get more from your investment!  Visit our website today to see how ChiroSpring drives chiropractic.

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