3 things patients need to know about the healthcare hacking epidemic

With the rapidly expanding threat of crippling ransomware and monthly cyberattacks on medical organizations and healthcare providers, it’s understandable that patients may be concerned about the security of their own personal information and medical records.

“More than 113 million medical records were compromised last year, according to the Office of Civil Rights under Health and Human Services,” wrote Nsikan Akpan, in an article for PBS Newshour. “Consider it this way: if each case represented a single individual, one in three Americans would have been a victim.”

Akpan lays out three key areas patients need to be aware of when it comes to cybersecurity: the growing black-market value for compromised patient data, leaky hospital safeguards, and the patient’s own security shortcomings.

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