EHR Dangers - External Data Security Threats

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  1. Virus-Infected Medical Devices: Software-controlled medical devices are increasingly interconnected and internet-linked. Many run on older operating systems that are vulnerable to hackers and cannot be changed, even to add antivirus software, because of fear of violating FDA rules. Malware is rampant in many hospitals, from drug compounders to image-archiving systems (tinyurl.com/d6jcx8j).
  2. Keith Cheresko: First, when (not if) a breach occurs the costs to the health care organization can be substantial not to mention effect on the involved patients.
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