Are there any specific risks for pharmacy?
Unfortunately, yes. The health and medication data that you deal with every day increases the likelihood that you will become a target of cybercrime.
The same applies to all health service providers.
This is because health data can be extremely valuable to cyber criminals. All cybercriminals are looking for information – such as personal and address information, banking and credit card details, and business information – that they can re-sell on the dark web. But health data is potentially more valuable than financial and personal information alone
This is why its important that you stay informed about the risks and actively protect your pharmacy’s cyber security in the same way that you would protect other areas of your business.
36% of data breaches in the first half of 2019 occurred in the health sector; more than in any other
Why is cyber security important to pharmacy?
As a pharmacist or pharmacy owner, you already know how valuable your pharmacy’s data is. Your patient records and your business information are vital to every aspect of running your pharmacy:
- Dispensing efficiently and accurately
- Protecting your patient’s medication and private information
- Connecting your patients to the eHealth network which provides for safer and more efficient dispensing
- Reducing overdoses of prescription medicines by enabling real time prescription safety checks (such as SafeScript in Victoria)
- Running your business, from your HR and accounting systems, to your data back ups, and everything in between.
Staying on top of your cyber security is one of the most important things that you can do to avoid the financial, reputational and operational implications arising from a data breach.