Data security is shaping up as a serious public health challenge


Imagine a hacker breaks into a GP clinic or hospital IT system and modifies a patient’s medical records to show they have a higher potassium level than they actually do.

The treating doctors respond appropriately, but because the levels have been manipulated, the treatment is unnecessary and actually harms — or even kills — the patient.

This might sound like a plot from a thriller, but it’s actually a warning in a New England Journal of Medicine perspective piece.

Data security is no longer an administrative nuisance or