Millions of Medical Images Exposed, as US Fails to Secure PACS Flaws

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

In the Fall of 2019, a damning report from ProPublica outlined a massive healthcare exposure: millions of medical images generated from Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) were left exposed and unsecured online. And the US was the biggest culprit.

One year later, and the US healthcare sector has still failed to close these major security gaps, where other countries took action.

The latest data shows that the largest offenders, just eight providers, are leaking more than 4 million medical images and records from about 1 million US citizens. These statistics do not include the remaining 162 healthcare entities that are also exposing this sensitive information.

PACS servers are critical to healthcare infrastructure, as they...

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