Healthcare cybersecurity concerns go beyond medical information

December 1, 2017

Healthcare cybersecurity concerns go beyond the loss of medical information, according to an article on the BenefitsPro website.

Patients could potentially be blackmailed due to sensitive information contained in health records. 

Healthcare systems files may contain Social Security numbers, bank statements, financial history, driver’s licenses and information on spouses. Hackers can use this information, among other things, to falsify prescriptions.

WannaCry, for instance, was the indirect result of a failure to perform certain simple upgrades and implement patches. Patients who have had their personal data hacked and used by hackers may have a basis to sue the medical facilities.

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