According to privacy researchers at the Ponemon Institute, 90% of healthcare organizations exposed their patients’ data or had it stolen in 2012 and 2013. The healthcare industry has had 204 incidents so far this year; 2.1 million records have also been lost. This number does not include the 4.5 million names and Social Security numbers taken from Community Health System’s computer network. On black markets, illegally purchased medical records can lead to large sums of money-about $50 a record. Criminals use medical records to fraudulently bill insurance or Medicare, or use patients’ identities for free consultations and to obtain prescription medications. Most providers fail to take the extra steps to protect these digital files, making it easier for hackers to steal them.
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