These days Cloud is top theme of a day! Everything what could be done is done in Cloud. It seems to be a greatest invention after wheel or TV remote! Our personal lives are digitized and placed in mighty Cloud. Isn't that great?
Not so much! We have strong negative opinion about it. We agree that Cloud is very useful for myriad of things, however personal medical records should be kept far away from Cloud. Yes, they say that Cloud could be protected. Some companies found their purpose in life handling Cloud so you see headlines like this:
In August Banner Health revealed hackers may have accessed the healthcare, payment and health plan information for up to 3.7 Million individuals ...
Newkirk Products, a provider of identification cards for insurance carriers, including BlueCross BlueShield, in August reported a data breach that may exposed personal information of 3.3 Million members of insurance plans. Newkirk discovered a server had been accessed without authorization and was immediately shut down...
The malware that shut down MedStar Health’s computer systems and locked up patient records now appears to be a ransomware attack. MedStar employees encountered a pop-up message demanding payment of 45 Bitcoin, approximately $160,000 in exchange for a digital key that would unlock the data, according to several reports...
Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic
Atlanta based Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic notified 543,879 patients their records had been exposed in a data breach, which was confirmed by the organization
Breach at Community Health Plan of Washington affects nearly 400,000 members
The hack was first noticed on Nov. 7 and confirmed by forensic experts on Nov. 30. Community Health Plan of Washington was breached and 381,534 current and former patient records may have been exposed, according to Seattle Times.
AND THERE ARE THE OTHERS WHO’S BUSINESSES IS ALL ABOUT SECURITY
We agree on notion that hospitals or medical establishments are in business of taking care of patients not in cyber wars. There are actually companies who’s business is all about data security. Those guys are absolutely top notch. Medical institutions would need to look up to them and follow example how things are really done, right?
Let's see how they fared:
> Yahoo – 500 Million user accounts breached
> FriendFinder Networks – 412 Million records breached
> MySpace – 360 Million records breached
> Heartland Payment Systems – 170 Million credit card records (stolen by 24 year old hacker)
> eBay - 145 Million
> J.P Morgan Chase - 83 Million
> Anthem Healthcare - 78.8 Million
> Target – 70 Million credit card records stolen
> Yahoo (yes here we go again) – 1 Billion records breached
Call us crazy but between 8 of them they manage to lose 2.819 Billion of accounts and records! That is about 1/3 of all man kind. If that is a best they can do we better look for another solution.
From above list one can see that companies who's business IS a Cloud security utterly failed in protecting customers. Their data, personal details, SSNs, medical info, credit card numbers, passwords, addresses and more were all stolen from "impregnable" Cloud servers. Go back if you want, to beginning of this paragraph where all bombastic headlines are listed. Also names of the most trusted companies in that field. While they were giving interviews and sending heart stopping Invoices for their services hackers were drilling into their Cloud servers and downloading data. All those amazing technologies and resources and Billions of customer's dollars didn't do a squat! Some 23 year kid, Gonzales from Miami, Florida stole hundreds of millions of credit card numbers from credit card processing data center and sold them on black market. Just so you know lately criminals pay more for stolen medical records than for credit card info.
Not with SCCS HealthONE. By now one could learn that personal medical records are where they belong: in the pockets of cardholders themselves. Securely encrypted into chips that are not susceptible to hackers, malware, ransomware, Cloud breaches and what not. That is our take on Cloud. Solution that works. No privacy breach possible here. At cost of 8-10 dollar per card every cardholder can sleep well every night and not worry about his personal data stolen. HealthONE, how is that for solution?