HHS cyber arm warns of EHR vulnerabilities

Healthcare IT News

Kat Jercich

The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center published a threat brief outlining common threats to electronic health records, including phishing attacks, malware and cloud threats.

The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center published a threat brief this past week cautioning about the potential cybersecurity risks of electronic health records.

In its brief, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ cyber agency noted that EHRs have a wide range of benefits, including possible interoperability, convenience and improved quality of care.

At the same time, said HC3, the electronic health record is “valuable to cyber attackers because of the Protected Health Information it contains and the profit they can make on the dark web or black market.”

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