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How safe is minors' patient data from hackers?
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2013 13:02:10 +0000 (UTC)


By Patrick Ouellette
Health IT Security
July 31, 2013

Handling patient data security among minors is a touchy subject that has been evaluated more prominently of late with potential EHR software complications. Minors’ patient data is valuable to would-be hackers even more so than adults because of the relative unblemished nature of their information. Michael Bruemmer, Vice President of Experian Data Breach Resolution, said there are high risks for children when it comes to health data breaches.

Bruemmer told HealthITSecurity.com that in the case of a minor or young adult, they’re most attractive for two reasons: 1. Minors have a clean slate in terms of credit and identity and 2. There’s a greater likelihood that their information isn’t being monitored or inspected because parents aren’t necessarily watching their files. And According to an FTC report from 2011 called “Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft,” children are 51 times more likely to become victims of identity theft than adults, with anywhere from 140,000 to 400,000 children affected annually by this crime.


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