Brigham and Women’s, St. Luke’s Cornwall, Allina Health, Middesex Hospital. All of these organizations in the last 60 days joined the government’s list of health providers affected by security breaches. And 2015 looks to be the worst year ever for healthcare security issues. While some incidents are a result of lost or stolen files, sophisticated hackers looking to lift the treasure trove of information found in health records are now the leading cause of data loss
The threat isn’t likely to ease. Cybercrime is a “growing $6 billion epidemic that puts millions of patients and their information at risk,” according to a report on healthcare data security published last year by the Ponemon Institute.
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