原文：Healthcare records were digitized to help prevent medical errors such as misdiagnoses and mistakes with medication, but electronic health records (EHR) have made it easier for bad actors to steal patients' highly personal information.
Cyberattacks on hospitals are "increasing exponentially year after year," Ellen Neveux wrote in secure remote access provider SecureLink's blog.
"Healthcare data is valuable on the black market because it contains all of an individual's personally identifiable information, as opposed to a single marker that may be found in a financial breach," Neveux stated. Often, these attacks see "hundreds of thousands of patients' data compromised or stolen."
That data can be used by crooks for financial fraud such as filing false tax returns or applying for credit using a stolen identity.
Healthcare IT professionals' greatest fears are stronger or more frequent cyberattacks, and users ignoring security guidelines, as stated by security software firm Netwrix in its 2020 Cyber Threats Report.
The number of reported healthcare data breaches and of breached records fell between January and June, but cyberattacks are expected to surge through to the end of the year, according to cybersecurity firm CI Security.
That's because patient medical records "are worth as much as 10 times more than credit card numbers on the Dark Web," CI Security maintains. "Healthcare organizations will require more cybersecurity vigilance than ever before."