The New York Times has published a troubling article on the electronic security of medical records. The link to a web page that lists nearly 300 hospitals, doctors and insurance companies that have reported significant breaches (defined as those affecting more than 500 or more people) of medical privacy in the last few years.
“The consequences of breaches matter,” conceded Dr. Farzad Mostashari, a former New York public hospitals official who recently became the Obama administration’s national coordinator for health information technology. “People say they are afraid that if their private information becomes known, they may not be able to get health insurance.”
You can read the entire article on the New York Times website here.