Hacking into health files

A DOCTOR arrives at the general practice where she works and starts booting up her computer. A black screen stares back at her with a poorly worded message demanding money in exchange for her patient files to be “decrypted”.

It’s a disturbing scenario, and one that has been playing out with more frequency across Australian general practices.

In the era of e-health – where general practices generate, use and share patient health information on a daily basis – IT experts are warning that medical records being held for ransom and other health-related cyber crime is on the rise in