Why Hackers are Targeting the Health Care Industry
Anthem Inc. – the second largest health insurer in America – was recently the latest victim of a massive hack. But it’s hardly the only health care company that has been attacked lately.
Last year, we saw a series of attacks on hospitals and numerous other health care companies with sources tracing back to China.
Bloomberg’s sources also believe that the Anthem breach was part of the same group of hackers with the similar intent of gaining access to personal data and possibly trade secrets that could be used or sold on the black market.
This is what they had to say:
According to a report by MIT Technology Review, hospitals are hackers’ current favorite playground. The security research firm Websense states that cyber attacks on hospitals have increased 600 percent in the last 10 months.
Undoubtedly, much of that increase can be accounted for by the previously reported attack on Community Health Systems, which affected some 4.5 million patients in 206 hospitals across 29 states.
Websense and other security research firms say that the now infamous Heartbleed vulnerability is to blame for many of the breaches, though patches have since been put into place. Those firms also say that hundreds of thousands of patients remain vulnerable.
There are two reasons that this is taking place.
1. The health care industry spends very little on cyber security.
2. The data hospitals store is extremely valuable.
So, some hackers are after your Social Security number and physical traits while other hackers are spying on how America runs its health care industry.
Perhaps this latest outbreak is just what the health care industry needs in order to invest in better security.
Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening.
DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”