Hacking hospitals and medical centers seems to be a hot trend in cybercrime. 

In February, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center notified the public that hackers ransomed patient health records for 40 bitcoins (approximately $17,000). The hospital caved to the hackers’ demands and the records were returned.

Hackers are at it again, this time stealing 2.2 million patient and employee records at a group of Florida-based cancer centers, 21 Century Oncology, according to a March 4 statement. The clinic said there has been no indication that the medical records have been used in an illicit manner since the October 2015 data breach. They also have taken steps to “enhance internal security protocols” to stop future data breaches.

With no end in sight, what can hospitals and medical centers do to stop hackers from stealing sensitive patient and employee medical records?


The Estonian eHealth Foundation may have the answer. The country’s eHealth group will team with Guardtime, an Estonian cybersecurity firm, to adopt keyless signature infrastructure (KSI) blockchain technology to protect health records, according to a CoinDesk report.  

Estonia—or e-Estonia as they like to be called--uses chip identification cards that allows online tracking of their health information. Along with the Guardtime’s blockchain technology—which guarantees data privacy at all times—health data will be impossible to hack, according to the report. 

Estonia may have the solution, but time will tell if hackers are able to hack through blockchain encryption. 

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