Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Link Between Cyber War and Health Care Fraud

I highly recommend Richard Clarke's Cyber War, The Next Threat to National Security and What to do About It.  How is Cyber War is related to health care fraud?  Because there is so much money in health care (mostly paid for by the government) sophisticated criminal organizations have gone cyber.  Why do hackers steal electronic health care information?  Not because they care about who has an STD.  Rather, they want to get patients and providers' names and identifiers so they can start submitting false claims to the government on a massive scale.  See here and here.

As  a judge advocate reservist, I'm enrolled in the Air War College.  My first course is about "information operations" (i.e., cyber war).  The materials we study, along with Clarke's book, reveal how vulnerable we are to cyber attacks.   Our vulnerabilities will become even greater as we move towards a complete electronic health care records system (which is what the military has done and what the Affordable Care Act mandates).  Are you confident that your hospital has adequate defenses against hackers?  Keep in mind, this type of fraud can be done by anyone, anywhere in the world.  All a thief needs is a hacker, computer, and access to the web. 

I'm trying to build a database of major health care record heists.  If you know of one, please email me.  

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