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Hospital Uses Insecure Web Technology

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Web site included an insecure an online form used to collect patient information,according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The form asked for names, Social Security numbers and prescriptions, the paper stated.

According to the Gazette, the medical center's form was not "https," which is method of transmitting encrypted data over the internet. Rather, the form's data was not encrypted.


Comment: As more and more medical records are computerized, the more important computer security will be and the more likely hackers will attack them.

Link to Security in Clinical Information Systems, by Dr Ross J Anderson of Cambridge University.

Posted by: Duncan Kinder on May 31, 05 | 3:56 pm

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