Security Experts: Hospices Vulnerable to Cyber Crime
Posted on Monday, May 20, 2019 12:07 AM
Cyber criminals often target health care organizations, trying to obtain health information, patient identifiers and insurance information. Hospices are looking for stronger security methods to protect this sensitive information.
“Health care information is widely known to be worth the most money in the black market, so health care organizations are frequently targeted,” said David Finn, executive vice president for strategic innovation at cybersecurity consulting firm CynergisTek. “Since about 2009 we have actually seen some breaches shut down health care organizations. Some of them were never able to regain their financial footing, which had a very significant impact on their communities.”
Electronic medical records contain detailed patient information, addresses, social security numbers, insurance information, dates of birth and other identifiers that criminals use to create fake identification, obtain prescriptions for controlled substances, or to sell the identities.
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