Hospitals At Risk for Cyber Attacks

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Hackers stole personal information from patients at a Virginia hospital and now that hospital is offering patients free credit monitoring.

Recently, a former hospital employee from Chesapeake was charged with stealing credit card information from cancer patients.

The transition from paper filing to electronic filing in hospitals makes it easier for hackers to steal patients personal information online

Earlier this year, Boston Children's Hospital was targeted by the online hacker group anonymous. The problem isn't only in Boston. ABC reports that 94 percent of health care institutions have been targeted.

Medical institutions now have to spend more time on cyber defenses.

Both Sentara RMH and Augusta Health say this a priority in their IT departments, but wouldn't go into details on how they do it for security reasons.

"We know that we have a legal responsibility to do that with HIPAA and high-tech act and those things that drive us to do so. We also feel it is a moral responsibility for us to make sure that the patients in our community feel that their information is protected," said Sentara RMH CIO Mike Rozmus.

With many patients having access to their health documents online, Rozmus said to treat your account information like you would banking information.


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