Health Law Highlights

How Pharmacies Can Protect Patient Data From Cyber Threats

Summary of article from Specialty Pharmacy Continuum, by Karen Blum:

Pharmacies, both large and small, are increasingly targeted by sophisticated cyberattacks due to their databases of patient financial and health information. The breaches can lead to identity theft and drug diversion, with hackers using advanced tactics to gain access to data. To mitigate these risks, pharmacies should establish a robust cybersecurity plan, keep it updated, and conduct regular staff training. Vetting vendors for their data protection measures and having a contingency plan for data breaches are also crucial. In case of a breach, pharmacies should comply with all legal requirements, including notifying affected individuals and the Federal Trade Commission.