The latest Verizon Protected Health Information Data Breach Report (PHIDBR) analyzed 1368 security incidents across 27 countries and 58% of them were found to involve insiders; making healthcare sector, the only industry which internal personnel bears a threat.

Protected Health Information (PHI) in these analyzed episodes were either at risk or breached. 70% of data breach cases were ransomware and incidents usually occurred when password protected but unencrypted laptops were stolen from medical professionals.

PHI consists of both electronic medical records (EMRs) and electronic health records (EHRs). Presently, there is no universal record system across US and each medical institution employs their respective software to manage patient’s data. Hence, it’s common for emergency ward doctors or clinical specialists requesting for medical history from primary care physicians. This increases the possibility of non-malicious data leak as a result of man-made errors.

Of all states, only New Hampshire allows patients to legally own their medical records, others are putting the say on hospitals or physicians or does not have specific rule and regulation. Digital healthcare is a rapid growing business with a robust growing potential, but a relatively absent security perimeter is restricting it.

Anthem, a health insurance plan provider had agreed to pay $16 million to the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights for a series of cyberattacks in 2015. Experts had encouraged the use of Zero Trust Security (ZTS) to access and verify information users at all levels while others mentioned blockchain technology. However, cost and scale of implementations will bring a new wave of concern.

Medical and health data, as per se, still render a large room for exploration, and a group of information whizz will gather to address its risks and potential.

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Session Focus: Data Conundrum and AI security in healthcare

When: Thursday, December 13th 2018 (10.15-11.00)

Embark the day with medical experts as they lead you through the latest AI security challenges and solutions in digital healthcare.

Attendees will gain the following knowledge:

Learn about the recent AI security incidents in healthcare and challenges face by medical professionals in recording and employing patients’ data.

Discuss the various loopholes in present healthcare systems and what can be done to prevent data breach from happening again.

Review present data and health information policy, who should be involved during decision making and who should be take accountability when the unfortunate occurs.

Benefit from experts’ insights and opinions and a chance to listen to attendees or other present professionals


Lynda Chin, Executive Director, REDI & Professor of Medicine, Dell Medical School, the University of Texas at Austin, USA

John Mattison, Assistant Medical Director & Chief Health Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente, USA

John Henderson, Vice-president & CIO, Children’s Hospital of Orange Country, USA

Bernard Brooks, Director of Clinical Analytics & Reporting, Flagler Hospital, USA

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