Vigilance crucial to keep patient records safe from cyber-criminals

The hackers were able to access and encrypt patient records at the Miami Family Medical Centre on the Gold Coast and demanded a $4000 ransom in order to return the practice's access to the files.

RACGP president Dr Liz Marles said the case – the latest in a number of similar attacks which have left practices relying on paper records – highlighted the need for practices to apply risk management of their systems and security requirements to ensure every potential avenue for breaches was secure.

“Even large multinational corporations and governments are susceptible