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Virtual game helps security

October 15, 2012

By Kelly Soderlund, ADA news staff

Keeping your dental practice technologically secure and protecting patient information isn’t fun and games.

But the federal government is taking a lighter approach to educating health practitioners and their staff on how they can avoid breaches.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer released a new Web-based game, CyberSecure: Your Medical Practice to help health care providers determine if they are on the right track to keeping their patient information secure.

The security training module, which was developed with the assistance of the Regional Extension Center Program’s Privacy and Security Community of Practice, uses a game format that requires users to respond to privacy and security challenges often faced in a typical small medical practice. Users choosing the right response earn points and see their virtual medical practices flourish. But users making the wrong security decisions can hurt their virtual practices.

Players are given a birds-eye view of a virtual medical practice and each room has a different question for them to answer.

A scenario and the correct answer include:

  • Q: Can I take my laptop home tonight so I can get caught up on billing for last week?
  • A: Sorry. No computers with unencrypted patient information can leave the building. Let’s talk with tech support to get it encrypted.

Reward messages include, “Very nice! A new office has been set up!” and “Things are looking up! Your practice has furnished an additional exam room!”

The game can be accessed at