EHR – Watch OUT!
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 01:39 PM

Physicians can expect criminals to increasingly target their electronic health records (EHRs) for patient information that they can sell on the black market for $50 per chart, warns the FBI. 

The agency's Cyber Division issued a memo earlier this month.  Criminals see a golden opportunity in healthcare information technology. It's an opportunity born of the mandatory shift to EHRs, laxer safeguards in healthcare compared with those in the retail and financial sectors, and "a higher financial pay-out for medical records in the black market," according to the FBI.

The proliferation of EHR systems coupled with more and more medical devices connected to the Internet, the FBI said, "is generating a rich new environment for cyber criminals to exploit."