Earlier this week, Community Health Systems, Inc. reported that they were the victim of a cyber attack that led to the personal data of 4.5 million customers being stolen. This data included patient names, addresses, birthdays, phone numbers, and social security numbers. While this is a huge deal for various reasons, it’s also further proof that industries such as healthcare could use the unequivocal security standards offered by BlackBerry and BES.
Community Health Systems is one of the nation’s largest hospital groups in the US with 206 hospitals in 29 states and believes the security breach that happened in April and June of this year to have originated in China. Of course, representatives from the country deny their citizens involvement.
I can’t imagine how much of a hassle it must be for a company of that magnitude to have to deal with so much personal data being stolen. 4.5 million people is a large group. CHS is stating the no credit card information was stolen. Neither was the medical or clinical information of the victims retrieved. That’s huge sigh of relief, however the data stolen still falls under HIPAA guidelines.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act basically states that the personal and medical information of patients is under strict lock and key and extremely confidential. There’s more to it than that, but you get the general idea. Having worked in healthcare before, and being in the special education field now, I understand how important it is to make sure that medical data is kept confidential and private.
That being said, it makes sense for healthcare professionals to use BlackBerry services. There’s simply no other option that will make sure that your data is secure. It’s pretty common knowledge that BES is the standard when it comes to corporate security.
Way back in April, NantHealth announced a partnership with BlackBerry that would provide end to end services for the healthcare industry. Hopefully other companies will see this security breach as a wake up call and make a similar decision.
The Globe and Mail