Millions of medical images, patient data remain exposed via PACS flaws

SC Magazine

Jessica Davis

In September 2019, ProPublica revealed millions of medical images were being exposed online through unsecured Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). But while other countries took swift action to secure these vulnerabilities, the U.S. continues to utilize PACS without first closing major security gaps.

What’s worse, the health systems employing unsecured PACS have also failed to close other critical vulnerabilities, according to data from Dirk Schrader, global vice president at New Net Technologies (NNT).

PACS servers are used by the majority of health care delivery organizations to archive medical images and enable providers to swiftly share these patient records and images with other providers.

However, the tool is...

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