There is no doubt that technology allows for many breakthroughs in the healthcare industry and creates a smoother experience for keeping track of patient data. But these digital advances also make it easier than ever for hackers to access patient’s medical records. Law firm BakerHostetler’s Data Security Incident Response Report found that the health service industry was the number one target for major data breaches in 2018.
Latest Medical Data Breaches
The health information of millions of people have been compromised because of unsecured networks and unencrypted record keeping. Here are just a few of the recent breaches that exposed patient’s personal data.
These are only a few of the breaches that have been in the public eye. While attackers are usually looking for personally identifiable information (PII), they may have other motives for exposing vulnerabilities in digital record keeping systems.
Hackers Need Little Reason to Attack
Of course the main reason that medical practices are a target is the sheer amount of information involved collected by the healthcare professionals. Not only can this information be used for the hacker to make his or her own purchases, but it can allow them to get their own coverage for medical procedures.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website, the United States spent $3.5 trillion, or $10,739 per person on healthcare in 2017. For some, their insurance covers these expenses, but for others, using someone else’s information will allow them to have a procedure they would have otherwise been unable to afford. In many cases, victims are unaware of the expenditures until they receive a bill for the procedure months later.
In some extreme cases, hackers have accessed information only to hold it for ransom until the hospital or another medical provider gives them the money or cryptocurrency they demand. A company known as MedStar was attacked by cyber thieves in 2016. While the ransom was not paid and there was no stolen data, patients did go without treatment because the records of how they were to be treated were unavailable.
How to Prevent Breaches from Occurring
Sometimes a glitch in the medical system can be something as simple as an unencrypted system. Other times, it could be the result of a phishing attempt in company email addresses or unidentified malware installed on the system. While training employees is a key first step to preventing the misuse of sensitive data, the best way to have a solid line of protection is through an encrypted storage system.
The SecureDrive is a hardware encrypted storage device with capacities of up to 8 TB. They work across all operating systems and are OS independent so no matter what device the medical professionals use, the drive is available.
The SecureDrive KP can only be unlocked by entering the unique PIN via the onboard keypad. The pad is wear-resistant so no intruders can guess the commonly used numbers. Only the user who knows the code can access the information on the drive. This means patient data will be kept safe from unauthorized people.
The SecureDrive BT is unlocked with the DataLock app on a mobile device. It allows the admin to set geo- and time-fencing features so that the drive can only be unlocked in certain times and places. Patient information will remain secure within the confines of the hospital building or patient room.
By using encrypted storage to keep information secure, not only are the healthcare industries protecting themselves from typical online hacks, but are doing everything in their power to -protect their patients. Learn more about the SecureDrives and how to implement them in your line of work by calling 1-800-875-3230.