Medical Chart Traders

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We should never trust the insurance companies with our medical records.  Why? For one, they sell it to big data companies to make money. Secondly, they use it to find ways to save money on our health.  Lastly, they are targets of hackers who are trying to steal and sell it.

As this article points out:

  • The addition of a new potential for profiting from hacking could increase the “demand” side of the equation for records, increasing the likelihood of attacks and the need for healthcare organizations to stiffen defenses.
  • In late June, a hacker known as “The Dark Overlord” reported the theft of nearly 10 million patient medical records from providers and a major insurer and put them on the Dark Web market where hackers conduct buy and sell data taken from a variety of sources.
  • However, security pros were stunned by the scope of this data sale—that so many records from multiple healthcare organizations were being openly made available for sale either in mass or in part, with a total value of more than $800,000.
  • However, the hacker also attempted to extort at least one victim to pay ransom as another vehicle for monetizing the haul, says Christos Dimitriadis, PhD, chair of the ISACA board of directors, a trade group previously known as the Information Systems and Control Association.
  •  Hackers can go through the records they have stolen, identify healthcare CEOs and other top leaders who have medical records they would not want to see made public, and blackmail them, Cunningham warns.

The answer to this, using my limited technological knowledge, is that you should probably keep your own medical records on you, which are encrypted and used only when you see a doctor or go to the hospital.  Don’t let the health insurance companies have it.  When is the last time they could be trusted with anything?

 

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Medical Chart Traders

  1. Steve O'
    July 19, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Fortunately, they are becoming “encrypted” by the generation of reams of argle-bargle, dutifully copied-and-pasted over and over again, so nobody can make hide nor hair out of them. When in doubt, ask the patient.

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