Electronic Health Records and Identity Theft on the Rise
Electronic health records ripe for theft
America’s medical records systems are flirting with disaster, say the experts who monitor crime in cyberspace. A hack that exposes the medical and financial records of hundreds of thousands of patients is coming, they say — it’s only a matter of when. As health data become increasingly digital and the use of electronic health records booms, thieves see patient records in a vulnerable healthcare system as attractive bait, according to experts interviewed by POLITICO. On the black market, a full identity profile contained in a single record can bring as much as $500.
“I think the health data stewards are probably a little behind in the race. The criminal elements are incredibly sophisticated.” READ MORE
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