Cybersecurity is the way to keep digital platforms safe from hackers. It is a top priority for anyone working with critical information that’s held in technology. If you have patients’ personal information online, wouldn’t you want to keep it safe? If you have actual patients in your office, wouldn’t you want to keep them safe too? Infection control is the cybersecurity of a dental office. Staying on top of infection control protocols keeps practices and patients safe from not only germs and other hazards, but from the dental board and other government agencies shutting down the practice.
Infection control is arguably one of the most important aspects of a dental office. Sure, the actual treatment of patients is important too, but no one wants to treat a patient with unsanitary or not properly sterilized tools that could grow bacteria, or lead to sickness and in some cases death of a patient! Focusing on infection control as soon as possible greatly decreases your risk of harming patients, and even yourselves. You have the same amount of risk of getting harmed as a patient does when you are not following infection control procedures properly. Despite the risk of illness that is being placed upon everyone involved in the office, the risk of your practice getting shut down is also quite prevalent. Government agencies are real sticklers for infection control protocols being strictly and clearly followed in dental offices. So, if you decide not to take infection control seriously, your practice is at a much higher risk for violation. The dental board, for example, could come into your office at any time and notice all of the procedures that are not being followed and issue violations! Don’t fret, there’s a way to prevent this. Make infection control your priority, similarly to how cybersecurity is the priority of the digital world.
People focus so much on keeping their internet accounts and classified information away from hackers by prioritizing cybersecurity, so why not prioritize infection control too? Doesn’t it seem like it would help protect you in the same way cybersecurity does? Celebrate cybersecurity month by staying on top of your infection control!