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Medical imaging systems need more cybersecurity
This article is part of the Pulse issue of February 2016 | Volume 4 Issue 1
Now that vendor neutral archives and PACS are widely installed in big healthcare providers' data networks, experts say providers of all sizes should look to bolster the cybersecurity of their medical imaging systems. The proliferation in recent years of digitized healthcare images such as CT scans, MRIs, cardiology videos and ultrasounds has increased anxiety about the privacy, security and integrity of those pictures, which often contain as much sensitive protected health information (PHI) as EHR records and can be used for Medicare fraud, identity theft and other criminal purposes. "We want to utilize this information and not have it exposed," said Andy Riley, chief technology officer of data security consulting firm GBprotect Inc., which works with many healthcare industry clients. Image sharing danger More likely than outside hacker attacks and thefts, security vulnerabilities can arise when physicians and others share images extracted from vendor neutral archives (VNAs) and picture archiving and communication systems (PACS)...
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