10 Critical Security Safeguards for ASCs to Know
At Surgical Notes, we understand there is an inherent risk when ASCs outsource their critical business processes and data.
A breach by proxy can damage client confidence and lead to fines, penalties, lost revenue and worse. It's why we take our responsibility seriously to protect the data entrusted to us. To do so, we have implemented vigorous administrative, physical and technical controls. These are protections that all ASCs should know about and expect any partner that handles their sensitive data to leverage. In addition, surgery centers should strongly consider adding these defense mechanisms to further strengthen their security posture.
Here are 10 of the most critical security safeguards with key questions to ask.
1. Antivirus and antimalware. It's long been best practice to use antivirus and antimalware software. That remains the case today. ASCs should ensure this software is on their endpoint devices, workstations, servers and all other machines handling sensitive data.
But a growing trend is seeing movement beyond this "legacy" technology. There are now what can be considered "next-generation" solutions. We use endpoint detection and response tools designed to defend every endpoint against the more sophisticated attacks. This is a more intelligent solution that leverages pattern recognition (i.e., artificial intelligence/machine learning) to help quickly identify, isolate, and remediate issues if they do occur.