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IT Security Issues Pose Major Risk for E-Healthcare

March 10th, 2006

There is increasing concern that e-health records, when linked to any computer network, can be as vulnerable as PCs are to attack from Internet predators. Shouldn´t the industry devise security measures that can protect that kind of sensitive data, before doctors start making it readily available over shared databases and networks?

You´re likely to visit the doctor when you have an infection, but what if the e-health records in her office were infected themselves — with viruses, worms and other malware? That could be detrimental to your health, and depending on the severity of the computer problems, could even change the course of your life. That´s not the prognosis you want to hear when you´re ill.

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