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Government Health IT News - Hacking into e-health records is too easy, group says

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:14am

Government Health IT News - Hacking into e-health records is too easy, group says: "Hackers can access many e-health records and modify them unbeknownst to the software’s legitimate users, according to a new study by an organization concerned about EHR vulnerabilities. The E-Health Vulnerability Reporting Program (EHVRP), a nonprofit organization formed in 2006, issued a summary of its findings after a 15-month study assessing the security risks associated with EHR systems. It found that a low level of hacking skills would suffice to get into a system, retrieve data and make changes, such as altering medication dosages or deleting records. The good news: The “risk of vulnerability exploitation can be dramatically reduced when vulnerabilities are known and appropriate security controls are in place,” the report’s executive summary states. For the most part, EHR systems are no more vulnerable to hackers than"

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