Cyber-terrorism and the U.S. healthcare system | On Call

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 7:29am
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The U.S.'s $2.5 trillion healthcare industry is a prime target for cyber-terrorists, and health providers need to prepare for the growing threat, researchers say.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The U.S. healthcare system needs to beef up security efforts to defend against an ever-growing cybersecurity threat, researchers warned.

U.S. healthcare organizations are increasingly dependent on the internet for communication activities, and that dependence puts at risk the information and tasks that are carried out online or via networks, according to research published in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health.

Healthcare-targeting cyber-terrorists may bring down hospital networks, target sensitive medical information or engage in other activities that compromise patient care and diminish patients' trust in the health system.


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