Recently a medical software company started to inform patients that its records were hacked and private medical records were compromised. The U.S. is experiencing a increase in private records hacking even those of federal employees.
Medical Informatics Engendering based in Fort Wayne reported that both the main network and the NoMoreClipboard program information were compromised after an attack on May 7. The attack on the restricted information network was only discovered on May 26.
The range of information covered by the network included names, addresses, sensitive diagnostic data, treatment plans and a other “secured” data. The affected network contained patient information of citizens in 38 states.
The FBI warned that data stolen or copied in the medical information hack can be used for crimes like identity theft.
FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell stated that “Individuals contacted by the company should take steps to monitor and safeguard their personally identifiable information, and report any suspected instances of identity theft to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov ”
Not only can data be used to create problems for the citizens affected by the medical information hack, but the company itself can suffer.
It is possible that the hacked information could allow criminals to blackmail or threaten the affected patients, and the company could be held responsible for such events, in certain courts.
Patient-Doctor privilege is a standard exactly in order to prevent such situations. People can be blackmailed especially if they suffer from “shameful” diseases, especially STDs and other sexual intimacy related illnesses.
Some companies will not promote or even hire people of a certain sexual orientation or that have previously contracted sexual diseases, even if this is illegal most everywhere. Also this type of private medical information can be sold to Private Investigators that want to prove marital infidelity or other related incidents.
The medical information hack has effected more than 300 health care institutions, all over the U.S. just related to one of the companies clients, namely Concentra a heath care service provider that operates nationwide.The exact numbers of patients affected has not yet been determined.
Medical Informatics Engineering will be offering 2 years identity protecting and credit monitoring to victims of the hack free of charge. Clients have also been offered a free hotline in order to answer any question related to the attack and issue that might appear and are related to it.
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