Medical Records

2.2 Medical Records

Medical records are worth about ten times what credit card numbers are on the black market. “Why?” you ask. Because medical records can be used to file fraudulent claims. It takes much longer to realize your medical records have been compromised than to notice a problem with your credit card number. This time differential combined with the relatively poor cyber security of hospitals provides hackers with a very lucrative market.

Note that medical records fall under HIPAA. HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act—you probably signed a form at your doctor’s office. Health providers are legally obligated to take reasonable steps to protect your healthcare information. Penalties are based on the level of negligence and can range from $100 to $50,000 per violation. This is capped at $1.5 million per year for violations of each HIPAA provision.

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