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The exploding black market in healthcare data

When medical records’ black market value is estimated at an average of $50 per record–94 percent of health care organizations have had at least one breach in the past two years–and 2 million Americans were medical identity theft victims in 2011–it’s one unpleasant ‘pointer to the future.’ [grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”150″ /]Data firm ID Experts studied a decade of data breaches and notes that medical data has become very attractive to professional hackers and cyber thieves. ID Experts’ full infographic. First, there is so much of it with the increasing electronification of health data. Second, so much of it resides on... Continue Reading

VA networks breached from overseas; 20 million records affected (US)

Department of Veterans Affairs IT systems have been breached since 2010 by eight ‘nation-state-sponsored organizations’, affecting records of 20 million veterans, according to recent testimony in hearings held earlier this month by the House Veterans Affairs Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. While the normal ‘hack’ is due to theft or an inside job for financial gain, these likely have a far more sinister nature. According to former VA Chief Information Security Officer Jerry Davis (now at NASA), the attacks continue from these countries, and according to Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Coffman, may include China and Russia. Testimony and evidence also revealed that... Continue Reading

Healthcare data breaches show 25% fraud risk: study

...hospitals and large providers. HCA Holdings, the largest US for-profit hospital chain, is testing Eye Controls’ system at their private clinics in London. Medical ID theft is also a problem in the UK, with ‘shame-based theft’ (to conceal an illness) and private billing the given reasons. Iris scanning units cost about $200-300–a moderate cost. According to the World Privacy Forum, iris scanning will rule out hacking, but not ‘inside jobs’–progress of a sort. But an open question is how this integrates into current EHRs. Iris Scans Seen Shrinking $7 Billion Medical Data Breach (Bloomberg) Editor’s note: The Gimlet Eye is…envious.... Continue Reading

The amazing lightness of Google’s Being There vs The Private Eye

...questions about what this privacy could mean for people’s ability to protect their identity, to protect their reputation, to protect themselves against governments. But you don’t offer a whole lot of solutions… And then the interview veers off into fields of peat, ‘unearthing challenges’ and ‘fostering debate’ about how to handle the 57 percent of people in autocracy (and it’s not a world governed by General Motors where everyone has a Corvette or a Monte Carlo SS) coming online. Glub. But back to the 43 percent. Why should there be privacy solutions when Google is dedicated to being a Good... Continue Reading

Aetna introduces Healthagen brand for health tech, ACO businesses

...invested to acquire and build the Healthagen businesses. New titles as well: Emerging Businesses CEO Charles E. Saunders, M.D., is now Healthagen CEO; in addition, Nancy Ham recently joined Medicity as CEO. As a ‘pointer to the future,’ it indicates that this insurer is willing to establish a separate brand and division that represents connecting, not siloing, services and tech that benefit both providers and consumers–and to keep the identity fairly, but not wholly, separate from Aetna. They also did not let a good coined name they own go to waste. Aetna press release Related reading: Neil Versel in InformationWeekHealthcare... Continue Reading