Experts Comments On Vancouver Coastal Health And Patients’ Data Vulnerability

A nonprofit privacy advocacy group called Open Privacy Research Society discovered that the sensitive medical information of patients being admitted to certain hospitals across the Greater Vancouver Area is being broadcast, unencrypted, by hospital paging systems, and that these broadcasts are easily interceptable. The society discovered the vulnerability and notified Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) immediately almost a year ago, but VCH ignored and downplayed the vulnerability for months.

Some of the patient data (PHI) being broadcast includes the following:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Gender marker
  • Diagnosis
  • Attending doctor and room number

EXPERTS COMMENTS
Eve Maler, VP of Innovation & Emerging Technology ,  ForgeRock
September 11, 2019
It's now easier than ever to leverage security strategies and tools that prescribe real-time.
Healthcare organizations can't afford to be negligent about security when threat actors have proven their relentlessness in gaining access to and misusing patients’ personal health information (PHI). By broadcasting unencrypted PHI through radio waves, Vancouver Coastal Health opened a window of opportunity for cybercriminals to exploit patient data for their own personal gain. Despite Open Priv ....
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