Dodging an Embarrassing Question about Electronic Dental Records

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By Darrell K. Pruitt, DDS

Dental Care Alliance Data Breach Impacts More Than 1 Million Patients

NEWS FLASH!

Sarasota, FL-based Dental Care Alliance, LLC, a dental support organization with more than 320 affiliated dental practices across 20 states, has been hacked and the protected health information of more than a million individuals has potentially been compromised. The breach occurred on September 18, 2020, was detected on October 11, and was contained on October 13.”

Steve Alder

[HIPAA Journal – December 10, 2020]

LINK: https://www.hipaajournal.com/dental-care-alliance-data-breach-impacts-more-than-1-million-patients/

Currently I am in conversation on LinkedIn with a Chief Information Officer for an IT firm. He assures me that the cloud is more secure than paper dental records stored in heavy and loud metal filing cabinets, but cannot say why.

Meanwhile, I have never heard of a million paper dental records being stolen in one heist. Wouldn’t that require a truck or two? What’s more, once the thieves escape to their hideout, someone will have to enter the data onto computers – while struggling to interpret bad handwriting.

ASSESSMENT: Your thoughts are appreciated …. More later.

THANK YOU

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3 Responses

  1. FOLLOW-UP: Don’t be fooled, Doc

    Believe it or not, there are officials in the dental software industry who still tell dentists that digital practice management software, like what they sell, is more secure than paper. They lie. They don’t respect you, Doc.

    “200K Veterans’ Medical Records May Have Been Stolen by Ransomware Gang – A database filled with the medical records of nearly 200,000 U.S. military veterans was exposed online by a vendor working for the Veterans Administration, according to an analyst, who also presented evidence the data might have been exfiltrated by ransomware attackers.”

    https://threatpost.com/veterans-medical-records-ransomware/166025/

    Darrell Pruitt DDS

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  2. Going paperless, Doc? Why?

    If a dental practice has been safely managed with ledger cards, pegboard and carbon paper for decades, whose benefit would it serve to go digital? Certainly not the patients’.

    “Data of 500K patients accessed, stolen after eye clinic ransomware attack – A ransomware attack on Iowa-based Wolfe Eye Clinic earlier this year led to the access and possible theft of data belonging to 500,000 patients. While the initial cyberattack occurred in February, the complexity and scope of the incident was not determined until May 28.”

    By Jessica Davis for SC Magazine,.June 25, 2021.

    https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/data-breach/actors-steal-data-of-500k-patients-during-eye-clinic-ransomware-attack/

    Darrell Pruitt DDS

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  3. Ransomware survivability

    Can a paperless dental practice survive ransomware once patients’ identities appear on the dark web?

    “Hackers leak California hospital patients’ data online after ransomware attack – ‘Though we have taken extensive efforts to protect the privacy of our information, we learned that some data was removed from certain backup systems without authorization and has been published to a website where criminals post stolen data, also known as the dark web,’ the hospital said in a statement.”
    By Hannah Mitchell for Becker’s HealthIT, September 13, 2021.
    https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/cybersecurity/hackers-leak-california-hospital-patients-data-online-after-ransomware-attack.html

    (My patients are thankful that paper dental records are immune to ransomware).

    Darrell Pruitt DDS

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