Health Data Breaches Could Be Expensive and Deadly

From CIO

Healthcare-related data breaches could not only be expensive, but also life-threatening, experts say, and traditional credit monitoring provides little protection. 

“If someone gets your medical identity, and uses that to get medical goods, services, prescriptions — everything they do goes on your personal health record,” said Bob Gregg, CEO at Portland, Ore.-based ID Experts, which provides medical identity monitoring services. Then, the next time you’re unconscious in the emergency room, the doctor won’t just see your medical history, but that of the fraudsters as well.

“Generally, prices for stolen health coverage data are an order of magnitude greater than for compromised payment card data,” said Don Jackson, director of threat intelligence at Charleston, SC-based PhishLabs.