Hacking Threats In Medical Profession Focus Of UA Conference

Published: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 2:53pm
Updated: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 2:58pm

Security in health care has unique challenges because critical information has to be shared in order to save lives while also protecting the patient. With more health records going digital, their vulnerability to being hacked increases.

In fact, a recent article in the Chicago Business Journal states that, “by 2024, everyone in the U.S will have had their health-care data compromised if online theft keeps accelerating at the current rate.”

Medical records are a one-stop shopping source for hackers. They contain Social Security, driver’s license and credit-card numbers.

The growing threat of hacking in the medical profession is the focus of “Fighting Hackers: Health Care’s Newest Threat” a two-day conference taking place at the University of Arizona College of Medicine’s Phoenix campus.

Taking part in the conference is Dr. Andrew Muth, Clinical and Informatics Fellow at the University of Arizona, who joins us in studio.

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