With the report that several of Britain's major hospitals and doctors groups have been the target of a cyberattack in which individual files were encrypted and held for ransom, the question of whether or not medical records in the United States are secure at hand.
Britain's National Health Service received a ransom communication from hackers demanding $300 in bitcoin, which translates roughly into $350K in US dollars, an incredibly minute amount for a ransom ask.
With the advent of the public use Internet, the medium has exploded faster than the masters of the genre can keep up with technology meant to protect information. This reality means that any sensitive information accessing the communication avenue is vulnerable. Ask any professional or politician who has transferred provocative pictures over the medium and you will hear about it.
So, if we know anything touching the Internet - any information touching the Internet - is vulnerable, why do we continue to allow access to our most delicate information? If even discussing a person's medical information with someone other than the patient needs approval, why are we allowing this information to exist effectively unprotected in touching the Internet? Why do we transmit top secret government secrets over non-secure lines?
Our medical information - as well as all of our personal information - needs to be protected, and it is time that the private sector develop an affordable military and/or intelligence grade encryption product that can secure these files.
In the day of Alinskyism, medical records are used against people, not only to help people...much to the dismay of the overwhelming majority of people.