Cyber insurance recommended for all physician practices

(HealthDay)—The growing threat of hacking is increasing the number of physicians buying cyber insurance, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

According to the article, cyber insurance covers losses and damages resulting from patient data being stolen, exposed, held for ransom, or improperly shared as a result of both deliberate actions (hacking or ransomware) and accidents, like a lost laptop or a coding error that accidentally exposes patient data. The covered consequences of a data breach can include paying fines and compensation for loss of income as well as the fees to hire information technology experts, a public relations firm, attorneys, and even a call center to handle patient inquiries.

Practices that don’t have specific cyber insurance often have some limited coverage through their malpractice or general business policies. Brandon Clarke, co-founder of Affenix, a brokerage specializing in cyber insurance, says that a primary care practice with five physicians should have an umbrella cyber policy of at least $1 million, which could cost an estimated $1,200 to $5,000 a year.

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