Some type of cyber breach is nearly guaranteed to hit every health system in the country, and potential effects could include stolen patient data, disrupted operations, destruction of technology, stolen consumer information or exposure of corporate secrets, trade secrets and proprietary information.

That’s why healthcare providers need strong policies and procedures in place when attacks happen. Cyber insurance can help cushion the blow, but it’s not protection that can eliminate all the negative effects of a breach, said a lawyer who specializes in this area at last week’s HIMSS16 annual conference.

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