Tuesday, February 02, 2016

One In Three Americans Had Their Health Records Breached In 2015

One In Three Americans Had Their Health Records Breached In 2015, As Hackers Follow The Money From Retail To Medical Data "At least 111 million individuals’ data was compromised due to hacking or information technology problems in 2015, according to a report released Wednesday by cloud security company Bitglass, based on numbers made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That comes after a December IBM report that found a 1,166 percent increase in reported healthcare breaches, resulting in the compromise of “nearly” 100 million records."

I find it hard to believe that last year a third of Americans had their healthcare data "compromised" (whatever that means). No one I know has mentioned such things happening to them (maybe it's just not being exploited?). I get that's it's a viable way to get information for identity theft, but again, I don't believe a third of americans had their identities stolen last year. Still it makes complete sense to me that with no oversight or consequences, healthcare providers have really crappy security.

Still a frined on Facebook was asking if when changing pediatricians could they just ask for their health records. The general response is yes, they're your's but you get a copy and the doctor keeps a copy. That sounds reasonable but she was charged $50 for copies, because...copiers. I did find it cool that I could get copies of x-rays for free on a CD at the time of the x-ray. Now if only my iMac had a CD drive :)

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