‘Patient Privacy?’ Don’t Count on it – Paramedic Heretic Examines the New ‘Normal’

 

Welcome to the world of electronic medical data
Welcome to the world of electronic medical data banks

 

The ugliness of healthcare hacking cases impacts the medical and financial status of nearly 100,000,000 citizens. And the numbers are growing.

You would need a Ouija Board to even guess the impact of the shocking number of patient data breaches in the current world of healthcare. Just this week, health insurance provider Premera Blue Cross disclosed that hackers have broken into its system and breached the privacy of 11,000,000 citizens. A Premera spokeswoman reports that their computer systems were hacked  as far back as last Spring. She states they were totally unaware of the data theft for seven months. She did not explain why on earth they waited three more months to tell their patients. Here is a list of what we now know was accessed by the bad guys. We sincerely hope your information is not on this list:

  • Social Security numbers
  • Bank Accounts
  • Insurance Claims information
  • Medical Charting details
  • Dates of Birth
  • Telephone numbers
  • Member IDs

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