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Stolen Medical Data Is Now A Hot Commodity
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User Rank: Apprentice
9/10/2015 | 12:52:58 PM
commodity market
U.S. labor market strengthening; imported inflation weak 
User Rank: Apprentice
12/2/2014 | 10:21:25 PM
"We can't expect health care practitioners to be responsible for ensuring patients information is protected"


This statement is both false and dangerous. We expect bankers to perform their primary business function AND keep our PII safe. We expect retail establishments to run their business AND protect our data. Why should we expect less from a medical chain or office?

HCPs are the front line in collecting health data. OF COURSE we should expect them to ensure it is protected. If they are not held as part of the responsibility chain, they will do nothing to improve the horrid state of data security in medical practices.


Andrew Clyne


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Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
10/15/2014 | 9:58:30 AM
Re: The fun part
Ideally, these HIT systems should increase practitioneers' productivity, and free them from the drudgery of records management. But the learning curve is steep and frustrating. And the ROI doesn't happen quick enough, at least from the healthcare employee perspective. 
User Rank: Moderator
10/14/2014 | 4:06:11 PM
Re: The fun part
Sadly I think everyone still struggles with how do we properly share information between agencies (healthcare, insurance etc) and at the same time ensure that it is properly protected through technologies such as encryption etc. We can't expect health care practitioners to be responsible for ensuring patients information is protected (their jobs are obviously to focus on providing patient care), so we really need to better enforce controls for security teams involved with these agencies. The downside is that often there is lack of awareness and budget to properly protect these resources. There has to be a better way to create these systems moving forward.
User Rank: Apprentice
10/14/2014 | 3:13:16 PM
Data Exposures and Butthurt
I spend a lot of time looking for sensitive data. I have found close to 40 different exposures over the last month or so. One thing I find is that some organizations get upset when one of the good members of the security community find something and report it to them. They use terms such as "illegally accessed" or "stole records" when in each case the access was 100% legal. They just happen to not be as competent in protecting their data as they should be.

Yesterday I set out to find another exposure and in less than an hour found medical records with full SSN. Possible 90k plus records exposed at one time or another. After the initial investigation on my part I will inform this company of the exposure (not breach) and cross fingers they won't get upset. This attitude needs to change.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
10/14/2014 | 2:41:14 PM
Re: The fun part
Several years ago a family member of mine requested a copy of a discharge report after a hospital stay and the report she received was someone else's health record. I would hope that those kinds of mistakes don't happen so much anymore. Am I being naive? 
User Rank: Strategist
10/14/2014 | 1:41:46 PM
The fun part
of this is that once something gets "posted" to your medical history, there is neither a mechanism to protest it nor to have it removed. It stays with you. And the major insurance companies have access to all of this to determine your rates, and even eligibilty, for various health and life insurance products.

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