By Duane Morris partner Lisa W. Clark
On March 28 MedStar Health, the largest health system in the Washington, D.C. area, shut down its computer systems, including its electronic health records, on account of an apparent “ransom” attack in which the hackers infected its system with a virus. From media reports, it appears that the hackers demanded an unknown sum to stop the malware attack. The FBI is already involved. This incident, following February’s successful ransom attack on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, reinforces the need for strong data security protection as well, as an incident response plan that includes law enforcement.
One of the reasons why consumers, healthcare providers, investors, the government and others have been slow to adopt mobile health applications and software (apps), are concerns about the privacy and security of data collected through the apps. For instance, Appthority, a service provider that offers an app risk management solution, recently reported that the iPharmacy Drug Guide and Pill ID app “is playing fast and loose with your personal info.” www.appthority.com/news/mobile-threat-monday-android-app-leaks-your-medical-info-online. iPharmacy is a free app that allows consumers to maintain a personal health record on their prescription drugs, look up information on a drug, provide reminders, and maintain pharmacy discount cards. Continue reading mHealth App Use: Is Data Truly Protected?