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Millions of Patient Records Exposed to the World - Is Your Network Secure?

October 15, 2019

A recent investigation found that medical imaging data from more than 5 million Americans has been left exposed on the internet, accessible by anyone with basic computer expertise.

Your EHR system may be secure, but many systems that store X-rays, MRIs and CT scan images have been found to be unprotected, in many cases being accessible through the internet without so much as a password.

Some manufacturers of medical imaging systems have been lax in implementing security protocols, leaving responsibility for the security of this data in the hands of individual medical practices and their IT support personnel, who often assume that the systems themselves are secure. When everyone thinks that someone else is taking care of security, mistakes happen – and patients may be harmed.

Your practice’s cybersecurity is your responsibility – but ISMIE is here to help. Check out our latest risk management resources on cybersecurity, and work with your IT professionals to make sure every system in your practice is secure. Even if something does go wrong, as an ISMIE policyholder, you’re protected by top-notch cyber liability protection, included with your coverage at no additional cost.

For questions about your cyber liability protection, contact our underwriting division at 800-782-4767 or by email. If you utilize an insurance broker, you may also wish to contact him or her.

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