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The need to secure your sensitive patient data

At MOD1, we recognise you as an owner or manager of a small to medium-sized medical practice who wants to safeguard your patients’ sensitive information, protect your business against online threats such as ransomware and comply with the revised Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection (FADP).

You can accomplish this by implementing a series of technical and organisational measures that satisfy the Swiss Medical Association’s (FMH) minimum standards for information security in medical practices.

Common challenges

The challenge you face is that you lack the resources, specialist expertise, and experience to accurately assess your current information security posture whilst focusing on your core business of treating patients. 

If unresolved, this will place your medical practice at heightened risk of a data breach, loss of revenue, damaged reputation, operational downtime and legal liability.

The MOD1 health care provider security assessment service

It is our firm belief that every medical practice can meet the FMH requirements and maintain compliance with the more stringent privacy requirements of the revised Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection (FADP).

Still, we appreciate that embarking on an initiative to implement the numerous recommendations can seem daunting, especially when your organisation lacks the relevant internal expertise to make an accurate assessment of the shortcomings of your existing information security capabilities.

That’s why we created the MOD1 Health Care Provider Security Assessment Service, a comprehensive risk assessment that provides the following benefits:

  • provides detailed recommendations for the cost-effective treatment of information risk
  • increases staff awareness of information security and data privacy best practices
  • outlines the FMH requirements that you have successfully implemented
  • can reduce your cyber-liability insurance premium by up to 30%
  • informs your leadership of critical problem areas and concerns
  • identifies gaps and areas for improvement

Here's how it works:

We present a detailed explanation of the security assessment process in the context of the FMH recommendations and agree on the appointment of an internal assessment coordinator to liaise between the consultant, staff and IT service providers.

Assigning an internal assessment coordinator ensures that you can efficiently manage requests for information about existing medical practice policies, procedures, processes, and controls with minimum disruption while prioritising the security assessment.

We undertake interviews and process walkthroughs with management, physicians, administrators and service providers to establish which processes and procedures you have already implemented and the extent to which you execute them. 

These discussions help us understand how the guidelines are followed and identify possible control weaknesses that are not evident from reviews of documentation and evidence.

We guide you through our online assessment survey. 

The assessment requires your practice to complete a series of multiple-choice questions about your existing information security and data privacy measures.

Your responses provide essential input to our risk analysis and help us gain a comprehensive understanding of your current capabilities and potential areas for improvement.

Our accredited cybersecurity, privacy, risk, and compliance experts conduct a detailed analysis of the survey results, documented evidence and operation of critical processes. 

We then compare the assessment’s findings against the FMH minimum requirements to identify opportunities for improvement in the existing setup, address shortfalls against the standard’s requirements and mitigate the risk of data breaches.

The results of our assessment form the basis of a comprehensive report that summarises your existing capabilities, highlights deficiencies and provides recommendations on practical measures for the reduction of information risk.

The report addresses every FMH recommendation and provides a concise description of the following:

  • a summary of your existing security and privacy measures and the extent to which they meet the minimum requirements
  • practical advice on how to adapt your current measures to meet the FMH minimum requirements
  • an indication of resource requirements developing your current processes, procedures and controls
  • a prioritised overview of risks to your medical practice information technology environment   
  • Detailed recommendations for the cost-effective reduction of information risk

What are the deliverables?

The security assessment culminates in a comprehensive report highlighting deficiencies and providing recommendations on measures that you need to meet the minimum requirements of the FMH standard and align with the requirements of the revised FADP.

You also benefit from a management presentation that walks through the content of the report to help provide guidance around the issues observed and advice on the cost effective implementation of additional controls, as necessary.

Why MOD1?

Unlike other providers of cybersecurity risk management services, our consultants are professionally accredited and accustomed to working in the highly regulated healthcare sector.

We appreciate that no two organisations are the same, so we tailor our services to each client’s internal cybersecurity knowledge, capabilities, size, complexity, risk appetite, and budget.

If you’re interested in learning more, schedule a free HCP Security Assessment Discovery Call with a MOD1 cybersecurity, privacy, risk and compliance expert today.

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