Electronic health records could be a deadly target during a cyberwar

Most health officials worry about hackers stealing sensitive information such as an AIDS diagnosis from someone’s electronic medical record, but a technology manager for a health care system in the Pacific Northwest said it’s just as likely the digital files could be a target of terrorists or a nation state during war.Countries have invested millions of dollars in computer systems to conduct a cyberwar against the United States “and the best way to do that is to destabilize the population,” said Chad Skidmore, director of network services for Inland Northwest Health Services, a network of 34 hospitals in Spokane, Wash. To do that, hackers could infiltrate health systems to change patient records so misinformation will lead to deadly consequences.
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