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Hackers are coming for your healthcare records — here’s why

Hackers are coming for your healthcare records — here’s why

1 in 13 patients will have their records stolen after a healthcare provider data breach

By Lucas Mearian | Computerworld | Jul 1, 2016 4:24 AM PT

Data stolen from a bank quickly becomes useless once the breach is discovered and passcodes are changed. But data from the healthcare industry, which includes both personal identities and medical histories, can live a lifetime.

Cyberattacks will cost hospitals more than $305 billion over the next five years and one in 13 patients will have their data compromised by a hack, according to industry consultancy Accenture.

And a study by the Brookings Institution predicts that one in four data breaches this year will hit the healthcare industry.

The recent study by Brookings showed that, since late 2009, the medical information of more than 155 million Americans has been exposed without their permission through about 1,500 breaches.

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