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Experts question security of medical records

Electronic medical records can easily by hacked, security experts say, raising privacy concerns as more information is entrusted to the system. “The probability that I will be able to break into a password encrypted system is very close to 100 per cent,” Tony Nelson, a computer security expert, said. Hospitals keep medical records on wireless computer networks that use low-power transmitters, and allow doctors to access them throughout the building using laptops. Even though the hospitals use encryption, computer hackers can break into the signal. The CBC, using a laptop, was able to access the medical record networks from outside Edmonton hospitals, but didn’t hack into the records. Experts say from reaching that point it’s possible to access passwords, patient records or delete information from files. Full Story

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