It's medical records they are after
We have at LifeBank being saying for a long time that credit cards are not the primary target of those hacking into systems - it's medical records.A very recent article in Forbes explains it all....."In 2016, there were 3 million consumer credit card complaints, 42% of them fraud-related and 13% connected to identity theft. A huge number of incidents to be sure, with nearly 1% of the total U.S. population having such an issue during the year.However, there’s a much greater threat to our personal data that few are thinking about at all. That threat is the theft and sale of our health records on the black market, a thriving business with “dark web” online stores that don’t look much different from an Amazon marketplace. In fact, there were nine times more medical than financial records breached in 2016 — 27 million — representing nearly 10% of the U.S. population.*****But why are medical records so attractive? Well, it turns out that there’s a metaphorical holiday feast of enticing data served up in your average health record. Family history, demographic data, insurance information, medications, etc. means there’s enough information to completely steal an individual’s identity and commit medication fraud, financial fraud, insurance fraud and a wide array of other crimes. When this very private, unchangeable information gets into the wrong hands, devastation can ensue.*****
Complicating this further is that it’s also terrifyingly easy for health care employees to go “shopping” for your data with little oversight. Electronic health record systems are generally built so that anyone who works at a hospital can access nearly the entire record, meaning that doctors, nurses, techs, admins and anyone else entrusted with patient care has free reign to look at your information. While the vast majority of such personnel are hardworking and trustworthy, there are some bad actors, and the difficult circumstances can bring out the worst in people, especially those under financial pressure. With a few keystrokes, the down-on-their-luck medical professional could steal and sell thousands of dollars worth of electronic health records. Just imagine if you could Google anyone’s complete medical history — that’s how easy these systems are to use."Yes, we are all reliant on hospitals and medicos ensuring that their systems are safe and secure, but we can go quite a way of ensuring that as much as possible about ourselves is off the cloud - and therefore not readily accessible.Using LifeBank provides the answer!