Data Security: Telehealth's Achilles Heel?

MedPage Today

Ryan Basen

Recently The Doctors Company, a medical malpractice insurance firm, published a report entitled "Your Patient is Logging on Now: The Risks and Benefits of Telehealth in the Future of Healthcare." Among the five "foreseeable major risks" listed in the report: Telehealth "increases cyber liability, especially when providers are seeing patients from a variety of devices in a variety of locations."

In other words, providers are now opening themselves up to cyberattacks on an unprecedented scale.

Cyberattacks seeking to steal patient data are not new to healthcare or telehealth. But prior to the pandemic, telehealth comprised only a small fraction of medical visits. Beginning in March, however, much of medicine suddenly shifted to...

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