Oct. 1, 2013
Obamacare not only opens up all Americans to obvious cyber threats nationally, but also globally.
Cyber vulnerabilities originate from Obamacare’s required “Federal Data Services Hub,” which gives access to the NSA, DHS, DOJ, HHS, Social Security Administration, IRS and more. At first glance, it may seem like a simple case of everyone knowing your personal health information, which is bad enough, but the damage is farther reaching.
The first part of it starts with the HITECH Act, a mandate that requires physicians to leave their pen and paper method of dealing with patients and transition to electronic patient charts by 2015. Once doctors have figured out their new computer systems, they have to then get past the normal computer issues that occur, like missing information, software and hardware quirks and any other day-to-day technological malfunctions. Doctor’s schedules don’t normally allow free time to spend training on administrative changes like the ones required by the HITECH Act, and computer errors in patients’ charts can have life-changing implications, up to and including death.
Doctors are no match for cyber hackers like Hidden Lynx, who’s believed to be a China-based cyber hacking group. Symantec says they’ve been operating for years, and have quite the reputation for attacking government systems and financial institutions while remaining stealthy and nearly impossible to stop.
Although Hidden Lynx may operate in an elite category of cybercrime, don’t be fooled; there are plenty of thieves eagerly waiting for the Affordable HealthCare Act to be in full throttle.
Cyber criminals target health insurance information because they can use records to steal identities and commit fraud. Electronic Health Records (EHR) can give criminals social security numbers, birthdates, diagnoses, treatment information and soon, thanks to the IRS, financials.
Obamacare invites Big Pharma into your private life. “It’s where they access the patient’s chart, prescribe and bill,” said executive chairman of the PDR Network, Ed Fotsch, MD. “Dr. Fotsch’s firm is not an EHR vendor, but its drug information is delivered to prescribers via EHRs,” Medical Marketing and Media reports.
So the cyber-wolves are waiting at the door, waiting for Obamacare so they can devour you; not just the ones in the administration like the NSA, but the domestic and foreign cyber hackers who view you as fair game since the U.S. made EHR a requirement.