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Ransomware and Personal Health Information

By Admin | August 22, 2016

With the increased usage of digital health records, the threat of hacking increases. Ransomware is a threat which limits a user’s ability to access information until a ransom is paid. It encrypts data, rendering records unreadable by healthcare providers.

The Secretary of Health and Human Services acknowledges that this is more than a technology threat; it impacts how hospitals and care providers can conduct business, impacting the safety of care.

In a letter to healthcare CEOS, the secretary lists key takeaways on prevention, detection, and reporting.

To read the recommendations, visit “Your Money or Your PHI: New Guidance on Ransomware” from Hall Render.  

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