A hacker claims to be selling 655,000 alleged patient healthcare records on the dark web, containing information such as social security numbers, addresses, and insurance details. The news was first reported by Deep Dot Web Saturday. A hacker who goes by the name'thedarkoverlord' gave Deep Dot Web images of purported records. Identifiable information from the records was redacted "so the target company can remain anonymous for now," the hacker told Deep Dot Web. The databases are said to be from three different healthcare organizations and are being sold for between around 100,000 and 395,000, Deep Dot Web reports.
WHETHER to maintain patient records or help analyze sophisticated medical images like those from a CT scan or an MRI machine, computers have always played an important role in healthcare. The medical fraternity understands how computers help make their job better and easier. For them, the transition to AI-powered devices has been almost natural and is a journey most healthcare professionals look forward to. According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, the global AI in healthcare market was valued at US$1,441 million in 2016, and is estimated to reach at US$22.79 billion by 2023, registering a CAGR of 48.7 percent from 2017 to 2023. The study indicates that North America was the highest contributor in the AI in healthcare market in 2016.
Los Angeles medical center Cedars-Sinai is currently piloting a program that places Amazon Echos in more than 100 patient rooms. The smart speakers use Aiva, a voice assistant platform for healthcare, and is intended to help patients communicate with their caregivers. Letting patients use Alexa to perform basic tasks like changing TV channels also frees up nurses to perform medical care. Backed by Amazon's Alexa Fund and the Google Assistant Investment Program, Aiva also participated in the Cedars-Sina accelerator program for healthcare startups. The platform also works with Google Home.
Healthcare is undergoing an incredible digital transformation that is altering virtually every aspect of the industry, making the once-impossible probable and reorienting everything from diagnosis and treatments. It's evident that, in the years ahead, this sector will continually and increasingly be defined by the development and implementation of new technologies. Healthcare providers indicate as much in their spending trends. By 2027, global healthcare storage is expected to have a collective market of more than $9 billion, up from $2.4 billion in 2018. Similarly, both Forrester and Gartner expect that many providers will boost their technology budgets by nearly 10% in the years ahead.
The health industry in the UK is under immense pressure, with staff shortages and funding restraints leading to unsustainable heavy workloads and low retention rates. It is clear that digital transformation is key to supporting healthcare professionals by relieving the administrative burden, reducing unpaid staff overtime and improving employee job satisfaction. The early August pledge of £250m for NHS artificial intelligence is one step towards realising this metamorphosis that has been detailed by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock's Future of Healthcare document and the NHS Long Term Plan. Artificial intelligence and automation already play a role in health. A highly publicised example of this is Ai-assisted robotic surgery to perform complex procedures.