Why Do Hackers Want Your Medical Records

A stolen credit card record can be sold for as low as a quarter while a medical record can be sold for $50. Why is that?

2015 has been a year of healthcare data breaches. But why are hackers going after healthcare records now?

When a credit card is stolen, the owner is able to cancel it as soon as he/she notices fraudulent activity and then they are also able to dispute the charges.

But think about a medical record - changing your social security number, birthdate, home address and medical history isn’t that simple. The problem becomes much bigger than just financial identity theft.

Think about what would happen to a person whose medical record is stolen and it is being used to obtain free healthcare and subscriptions. Then think about the customer going in for an emergency with the wrong records on file and getting the wrong blood transfusion.

Protecting patients’ medical records should be every hospital and physician’s office concern. But with many issues in the healthcare industry vying for attention, security may fall through the cracks.

That’s why we are here to help, and to relieve the stress of managing your network and data security. Take a look at the infographic below on why hackers are doing everything they can to hack into your network. Then take a look at what we do at Netsurion, to protect your patients and your business.

why do hackers want your medical records?
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    February 27, 2017

    Securing medical records is a complex undertaking. Healthcare organizations need an array of security technologies that can be used to prevent malicious attacks and keep personal healthcare information safe, while retaining the day-to-day ease-of-use.

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  • 2015: “The Year of the Healthcare Hack"

    January 14, 2016

    2015 was a tough year for the healthcare industry. Some are even calling 2015 “the year of the healthcare hack”. Last year, over 65% of the data breaches occurred in the healthcare industry...

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    September 10, 2015

    The CDC estimates that close to 80% of office-based physicians use some form of electronic medical records. This increase, coupled with recent breaches of patients’ PHI and PII, has highlighted the need for security of medical office networks.

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