Healthcare Professionals Business Insurance
What kind of work do you do?
Doctor holding a tablet in a medical office.
Choose from the nation's best insurance providers
Logos of Insureon's business insurance carrier partners

Cyber insurance for healthcare professionals

Cyber insurance icon

Cyber insurance

Cyber insurance, also called cybersecurity insurance, protects small businesses from the high costs of a data breach or malicious software attack. It covers expenses such as customer notification, credit monitoring, legal fees, and fines.

Cyber insurance covers professionals who handle sensitive data

Cyber insurance protects medical practices and other healthcare businesses in the event sensitive information is compromised. This policy can cover legal costs and provide essential resources.

This policy provides liability coverage related to:

  • Data breach lawsuits
  • Business interruption and recovery expenses
  • Regulatory fines and penalties

Policy cost is based on factors such as your healthcare specialization, your level of cyber risk, the type and amount of sensitive data you store, and your coverage limits.

Compare cyber insurance quotes for healthcare professionals

Why is cyber liability insurance important for healthcare providers?

Every healthcare practice stores the personal health information (PHI) of patients, including medical records, test results, and medical bills. The federal Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in part to help keep patient records and other personally identifiable information confidential.

Any violation of HIPAA, such as a data breach, can result in significant fines and penalties – regardless of whether a healthcare organization was responsible for the breach.

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), enacted in 2009 to promote adoption of electronic health records among providers, further strengthened the penalties for HIPAA violations. Today, a single violation can result in fines up to $50,000, to a maximum of $1.5 million per year.

The healthcare industry is a frequent target for cybercrime like data breaches and ransomware attacks, and recovery can be financially devastating for a business. Even an accidental breach like a software malfunction or a lost laptop could result in substantial expenses.

That’s why cyber liability insurance is an important part of a healthcare business’s risk management strategy. It helps pay many of the costs related to a cyber incident, such as identifying and correcting cybersecurity flaws that led to a breach, payment of cyber extortion demands, and any resulting HIPAA fines.

What coverage can cyber liability insurance provide for healthcare professionals?

There are two kinds of cyber liability insurance coverage to protect your business from cyber threats: first-party and third-party.

Healthcare professionals typically only need first-party coverage, also called data breach insurance. It can often be added to your general liability policy or business owner's policy.

First-party cyber liability insurance

Cyber liability insurance can cover expenses related to a patient data breach at a doctor's office or other healthcare business that exposes PHI. This policy can pay to notify your clients about the breach and also cover fines. It can pay data breach response expenses such as:

  • Investigations into cyber incidents
  • Data security fixes
  • Data breach notifications
  • Credit monitoring services for affected clients
  • Cyber extortion demands
  • Public relations

Third-party cyber liability insurance

If your healthcare business is responsible for the security of client records at another company, you could be held liable if the system is breached. For example, you face additional risks if you work as a consultant and recommend software to other businesses.

When a client blames you for failing to prevent a data breach, third-party cyber liability coverage helps pay for:

  • Attorney's fees
  • Court costs
  • Settlements or judgments

How much does cyber liability insurance for healthcare professionals cost?

A healthcare worker calculating insurance costs.

Healthcare businesses that handle large amounts of patient information can expect to pay more for cyber liability insurance.

Insurance costs for healthcare professionals are based on a few factors, including:

  • Healthcare services offered, such as dentistry or hospice care
  • Medical equipment and other business property
  • Revenue
  • Location
  • Number of employees

Other key policies for healthcare professionals

While cyber liability insurance shields against cyberattacks and data breaches, your business faces many other risks, too. Healthcare professionals should also consider:

General liability insurance: This policy can pay legal expenses related to patient property damage and injuries, along with advertising injuries such as slander and libel.

Business owner’s policy: A BOP bundles general liability coverage with commercial property insurance, often at a lower rate than if the policies were purchased separately.

Workers’ compensation insurance: Most states require this coverage for healthcare businesses with employees. It helps cover medical costs and disability benefits in the event of a work injury.

Professional liability / medical malpractice insurance: This policy covers legal expenses when a healthcare professional is accused of negligence or an error.

Commercial auto insurance: Almost every state requires this coverage for business-owned vehicles. It helps pay for property damage and medical bills after an auto accident.

You may also like
Server room with cybersecurity padlock
Why do cyber insurance claims cost so much?
There has never been a greater risk of cyberattacks against small businesses, and the costs have never been higher. Learn why cyber insurance claims are so expensive, and how cyber liability insurance can help protect your business.

Get free quotes and buy online with Insureon

Are you ready to safeguard your healthcare business with cyber liability insurance or another type of business insurance? Complete Insureon’s easy online application today. Once you find the right policy, you can begin coverage in less than 24 hours.

What our customers are saying

Updated: October 18, 2023

Find cyber insurance quotes

Save money by comparing quotes from top-rated insurers.
How much does insurance cost for healthcare professionals?Why do cyber liability claims cost so much?What is malpractice (professional liability)?How to comply with the HIPAA security ruleBundle policies and save money with a business owner’s policyThe top companies selling cyber insurance in 2024