Healthcare Data Breaches: A Question of When, Not If

Cybersecurity Risks Faced by Physicians and Practices Are Focus of Video Series

Napa, California—October 9, 2014—Healthcare data breaches and ways to mitigate risks are the focus of a video series produced by The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer.

The videos feature Paul G. Nikhinson, Esq., CIPP/US, CIPP/E, of Beazley Breach Response, who shares his expertise in seven two-minute videos that cover:

  • Why physicians and practices are at risk for a healthcare data breach.
  • Which new technologies threaten data security.
  • Whether physicians are responsible if one of their vendors causes a data breach.
  • Why the costs of a data breach add up so quickly.
  • What is the most common type of healthcare data breach.
  • Why responding properly to a data breach can provide an effective defense against lawsuits and regulatory investigations.
  • What steps to take right now to limit the risk of a data breach.

“In today’s changing practice environment, healthcare data breaches have become a question of ‘when,’ not ‘if,’” Mr. Nikhinson said. “A data breach can lead to millions of dollars in unexpected expenses, as well as lawsuits and regulatory investigations. To reduce risks, physicians must understand how to properly protect the sensitive patient and employee data within their possession—and what steps to take if they suspect a breach has occurred.”

“The Doctors Company relentlessly defends and protects physicians from medical malpractice claims and emerging risks in today’s changing healthcare environment,” said Dave McHale, senior vice president, chief legal counsel, The Doctors Company. “We are pleased to work in concert with Mr. Nikhinson to develop in-depth insights on how to protect physicians and their practices from the risk of a data breach or cyberattacks.”

About The Doctors Company

Founded and led by physicians, The Doctors Company ( is relentlessly committed to advancing, protecting, and rewarding the practice of good medicine. The Doctors Company is the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, with 75,000 members and $4.3 billion in assets, and is rated A by A.M. Best Company and Fitch Ratings.

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