With cyberattacks on the rise, focusing on the security of your practice is essential.

A recent White House briefing has placed the nation’s infrastructure and health care organizations on high alert, citing intelligence about potential cyber attacks by adverserial nations. Even before the recent spike in international tensions, cyber threats have been on the rise, with data breaches of health and human services records reportedly on an upward trend since 2017.


of practices have been victimized by ransomware.


of practices experienced a ransomware attack within the past year.


of practices paid whatever ransom was demanded.


of practices were able to recover from backup files.

How to Mitigate Risks:

Medical professionals need to be prepared and educated on the threats to their patients' data. Mitigating the risk of your medical practice or EHR system falling victim to cyberattacks requires efforts to be taken on multiple levels. Protect your data by following a few practical measures shielding your practice from unwanted and vicious attacks.


Employee Training

Dedicated training which aims to help employees recognize suspicious emails, links, files, and cyber threats can help greatly reduce the risk of this type of data breach.


Conduct a Cybersecurity Assessment

Contracting with a 3rd-party IT company to conduct a cybersecurity assessment is also a great precaution.


Install Network Security Protocols

By requiring multiple points of authentication for your users, you can help ensure credentials and other critical data are not usable by potential hackers.


Enlist the Help of Reputable EHR Providers & Cloud-Based Solutions

Many of our clients are exploring our alternative solution, athenaOne®. A true cloud-based solution, our teams provide layers of security 24/7, reducing the risk of accessing your systems or records.

If you’re an athenaPractice™ client, who’s not quite ready to embark on a cloud-based journey; however, have an interest in securing your data and relying on professional IT support to manage your practice’s network — including upgrades, database maintenance, and backups, then you’ll want to explore our Hosting Solution.