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Why Hackers Prefer to Steal Your Medical Data

Medical systems are frequently compromised, some with disastrous results. Despite a law called HIPAA, Doctors and medical organizations rely on software vendors for secure systems, and as we have seen, software can be buggy. Worse, medical organizations do not have the knowledge to correctly use the secure systems and keep them disconnected from insecure systems.


Medical data is the most valuable data on the black market, fetching as much as $250 per record. If someone willing to act maliciously came across your data, you can guarantee it has been sold.


On July 7, 2020 a security researcher discovered an artificial intelligence company [Cense AI] in possession of nearly 2.6 million medical records allowed them to be publicly visible on the internet. The medical records are quite detailed and include names, insurance records, medical diagnosis notes, and payment records. Most of the personal information is thought to be for individuals located in New York, with a total of 2,594,261 records exposed.


It important for you to realize how important your medical information is and be cautious on who you give that information to. For example, when you fill out a long patient registration paper form, everyone who handles that form can make copies. If that form sits on a desk, other people can access and copy that information.

CareMoat connects to its members securely, and once connected the information is encrypted and maintained securely. CareMoat ensures only the members health care team has the access they need. CareMoat securely backs up your data to address network or other kinds of disruptions.

CareMoat gives our members control over their information and peace of mind. We continue to work on technology that will allow us to go beyond the best the healthcare industry has to offer.


REFERENCES

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that required the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge.

The Privacy Rule also contains standards for individuals’ rights to understand and control how their health information is used.


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