THE illicit sale of health care information is now more valuable than ever before — millions of medical records are being sold on the black market, putting both patients and health care organisations at greater risk of data compromise.

Health care organisations are desperately trying to detect and stop theft, but unfortunately, some hospitals are still in the process of transitioning from paper patient records to electronic health records — far behind other industries such as the Australian banking sector. As a result, there is significantly less protection in place to stop sophisticated cybercriminals.

Written by Geoff Schomburgk and published by the Medical Journal of Australia 22nd June 2020.