Electronic health records raise worry about hacking

Capital News Service
LANSING – Many hospitals have already swapped old paper documents for electronic records to slash administration costs and improve health care. But with more hospitals switching to digital filing, concern is growing among health and technology professionals that the push for efficiency and lower costs will open the door to malicious attacks from cyberthieves searching for valuable information. Yet there have been few known Michigan cases of medical information stolen by unauthorized people, experts say. “We haven’t really seen any that we’re aware of,” Colin Ford said of privacy breaches. He is the director of state and government affairs at the Michigan State Medical Society.