HHS Warns Health PACS: Patient Data Vulnerable to Cyber Exploitation

Health IT Security

Lisa Gentes-Hunt

Health PACS are vulnerable to hackers that could expose millions of patients' private health information, according to a new alert from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS.)

The Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS) are widely used in healthcare facilities and could be exploited, according to the HHS Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center’s alert published on June 29.

Hospitals, clinics, research institutions and small healthcare practices use PACS to share patient data and medical images, including ultrasounds and other scans, the report states.

“In 2019, researchers disclosed...

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