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-- -- Well it's all sunshine round.
Noses over at the -- at HS department health and human services where secretary Sebelius today praised Obama cares pushed to digitize.
Your medical records make them electronic.
Half of doctors' offices in 80% of hospitals are putting more records on the -- and civilians says these systems help providers improve patients' health.
And save money at the same time it's all about efficiency my friends.
But we're continuing our in depth investigation into the dangers posed to your medical data with Chris why so while.
Founder and chief technology officer for -- -- and you are an expert.
On medical information security.
What is the dark side -- putting all this data all his personal data on a cloud.
Yes so there is there's a lot of opinions about this yeah there's no doubt that lots of businesses are putting customer data.
-- online to improve service and and costs.
And -- that's borne true and a lot of them and a lot of industry verticals but there's a lot of risk to putting this type of really sensitive data.
On line -- systems that aren't adequate adequately secured.
He Department of Health and Human Services said in the last three years that two point one million people -- had their electronic medical records.
That's unbelievable 94% of health care companies report.
And on the health and human services web -- I want to show right here literally a wall of shame the names of companies.
And companies you know Rite Aid Aetna blue cross blue shield united saint Jude companies that have.
By mistake -- air lost a laptop the information is gone it's been made public.
And and then ultimate cost of this Chris that's what I'm worried about.
What if my information gets out there I'm looking for a job maybe I failed that pre cancer screening what next.
And then they're the people who steal the data and misuse it how dangerous is this.
It is a lots of different reasons why criminal would want to steal this data.
-- one is you know health insurance fraud people can sell your data and others can use it to get.
You know free health care.
Maybe they get free prescription drugs that side EU UUUUROK.
Tom then there's stuff financial.
Identity theft the kind of data that is in these records and Social Security numbers.
I dates of birth really right that kind of information is very valuable to people who want to commit financial fraud so it's both.
You know can mess up your health care records with people using your identity to get services and it can just mess up your credit to.
Well let's let's talk about both of those in depth for just a second here so messing up your health care records can be catastrophic.
Let's say you go to the emergency round somebody's messed with your records you get the wrong blood transfusion -- -- the wrong blood type.
This could kill you ultimately I mean people -- really thinking through the ultimate cost of these problems I don't think.
That that's very that's very true if someone is getting procedures done.
Under your name.
-- you're in an emergency situation.
Your records are going to be wrong they might think you have had your appendix out when when you haven't.
So you know that that's obviously a big problem.
One of the things that is kind of specific to this is the theft of children's -- Dennis identity information.
Because you don't normally children aren't doing financial transactions -- they you know they can't have their identity stolen.
But with health care we have rich data about children.
And there was one study done that said that up to 10% of children have had there identity information are sold.
I didn't even know that.
Another area that's that's prompting -- some concerns tonight medical devices.
Different to think simulators.
Fetal monitors all these things often are connected to the web and -- are also vulnerable and and could be misused in some way.
Telling this Chris I hear the people are worried about entire hospital systems being compromised.
Yet that the medical device problem is particularly scary because you had these devices which were -- -- -- standalone.
And now they're adding wireless functionality to them so you can use your iPhone your iPad.
A laptop computer or even over the Internet to monitor these devices connect to them and a lot of them weren't designed.
With security in mind and all of a sudden we're connecting them up where attackers.
Can can get -- them.
So an -- another issue is medical devices is it's hard to.
Fix them and update them because it's such a long certification process so once a vulnerability is found in it.
It takes a long time to fix that doesn't like a regular IT system which you can just -- and a few hours it's very difficult to get these things fixed wow.
And and it's just seems to me there's not enough expertise out there even -- to make these things safe what do you tell people.
Members of your family -- -- and say what can I do to try to keep my private information private what do you say Chris.
If so -- -- -- -- -- things you can do is you can ask here insurance company your health insurance company for a copy of the medical record -- New York.
Pot at the activities on your account and you can see if everything checks out if you've actually gone.
And had all those -- procedures done.
You should always be looking at your credit report I tell people at least annually.
Look at your credit report looked to make sure that all the accounts.
That are open bank accounts credit cards and are all things that you know that you opened.
All right Chris thanks for coming on great talking -- you really enjoyed the conversation got to come back sometime -- thank you okay.
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