The Terrifying Black Market For Your Private Medical Records

How much is your life worth to hackers? On the black market, the going rate for your social security number is 10 cents. Your credit card number is worth 25 cents. But your electronic medical health record (EHR) could be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars. EHRs offer significant benefits compared to previous paper-based systems and have been adopted by over 96% of critical care hospitals and over 83% of regular hospitals. While digitization overcomes many of the inefficiencies and fragmentation that plagued healthcare providers, your patient records are now also more susceptible to hacking and theft. In...

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