Fear mongering and cautious optimism have likely been the drivers behind IT expenditure in recent weeks. I'd wager few of those dollars were allocated to securing this "new work from home" bug that has bitten everyone.
Aside from the health risks, COVID-19/Coronavirus has demonstrated and/or revealed the wanton disregard for IT security in the global workplace. No where more prevalent than HIPAA related entities. This lack of importance placed on proper implementation and maintenance of IT systems to support a medical practice has exacerbated security issues over time.
The usual justifications I hear are merely excuses underpinned by budgetary and time constraints. Does this absolve a practice owner from the inherent responsibility to their patients? My answer to this is, if you can't do it properly, don't do it at all.
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