With contributor attention concentrated on ransomware attacks and the havoc they can cause, other risky security practices are placing healthcare agencies at risk for violations, healthcare security experts claim.
While ransomware tragedies are high profile and acquire national attention in the business and famous press, healthcare data security officers require paying attention to various attacks that have lower profiles but carry merely as much risk to sufferer data, they say.
For instance, Kate Borten, president of the Marblehead Group consultancy, is worried about the massive amounts of information being shared with lax security practices by healthcare agencies. Hospitals sustain to acquire medical practices, along with their information, and share the data through a health information exchange.
“The wide open information sharing is a recipe for disaster,” she contends, because there is a greater potential for misuse of the information. Authorized clients can take benefit of their access to all this data and go snooping, while most provider agencies do not have technology to curb snooping.
Collecting relevant information on patients is typically beneficial, Borten considers. But at the similar time, there is threat of the loss of privacy with individuals possibly never being aware that their information has been inaccurately exposed.
Because so much information—not just from contributors, but also from insurers and employers—is made more easily present, an individual could incur an increase in insurance premiums or get refused disability benefits and never know why. Such examples could impact an individual’s job prospects because insurance premiums could be a major factor in employment decisions and choices.
Health-related information in mobile apps and email systems represent another risk to privacy, in accordance to Borten. “I do not have anything I do not mind persons seeing, but there are business judgments being made on the information,” she contends.
Tom Walsh, president of tw-Security, asserts that information integrity is another undervalued security concern.
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