If you’ve been treated at a hospital that’s part of Community Health Systems, you might want to keep a close eye on your bank accounts and credit scores for a while. They got hacked:
(Reuters) – Community Health Systems Inc (CYH.N), one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday it was the victim of a cyber attack from China, resulting in the theft of Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to 4.5 million patients.
Stolen SSNs means identity theft, and they’re readily available on most electronic medical records (EMR).
And, just to remind everyone, the shift to EMR is mandated by, you guessed it, the Obama administration!
In addition to the shift to larger practices, the industry will have to master a new way of keeping records. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the government’s 2009 economic stimulus package, set the groundwork for health care reform. It provided $27 billion in Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments to go to doctors and hospitals that adopted electronic medical records under federally established guidelines. The legislation was passed to jump-start the transformation toward a more efficient and less expensive health care model.
Whose signature is on the 2009 “stimulus”? I don’t think it’s George W. Bush’s.