May 5th, 2023

Healthcare Data Leak – A Repeated Warning for Healthcare Providers


In the latest healthcare data leak, the German firm, Greenbone Networks has reported that over a million medical records and 121 Million medical images have been leaked. All this healthcare data, including X-rays and scans of the Indian patients, is leaked in such a way that it is freely accessible by anyone online. The German cybersecurity company Greenbone Networks has stated that these patient’s data also includes the personal details of the patients like the name, date of birth, social identity proof, medical institute they are being treated in, their medical history, and other details too.

This devastating leak of data is due to the bad password practices being carried out by the hospitals and medical service providers. Though the healthcare industry is going digital and opted to produce millions of digital health records, they carelessly overlooked the cybersecurity.

Upon review, Inc42 has found a link where all this leaked data has uploaded, and there is an option for everyone to download medical images of patients.

According to the company, Greenbone Networks, this data breach happened because of the unsecured systems being used by healthcare providers that made servers carrying these records extremely vulnerable. It is also being noted that the security protocols that need to be followed in order to secure these servers had not been followed. All the images are made available online without any password protection. This should not be the case for dealing with medical records. But still, the research found 97 such vulnerable systems in India. Clearly, this vulnerability in India’s medical systems is not because of any software flaw or loophole, but rather it is a result of inadequate security practices and a configuration issue.

On December 11, 2019, India’s Minister for Electronics and Information Technology introduced an updated draft of Personal Data Protection Bill (the “Bill”) in the Lok Sabha and according to it, such healthcare institutions should be held liable for this data breach.

Does MSB Docs Have a Solution for Healthcare Providers?

Yes, of course! This is the primary reason MSB Docs is trusted by those top healthcare providers who are ruling the globe.

MSB Docs is a leading provider of smart document solutions with highly secured cloud storage option, especially to those businesses that are aware of the need to protect the data. As MSB Docs truly understands that an organization’s reputation and brand protection can also be better protected if frauds are easily detected.

MSB Docs not only takes care at the security level of the data but also keeps a check on how users are authenticated. In addition to this, MSB Docs keeps track of the legal completion of the documents that are signed.

Being compliant with regulatory and highest security standards such as ISO 27001, EU-US Privacy Shield, and SSAE 16, all its clients are assured their data is safe and secured. MSB furthermore provides additional security standard that is a need of the day as well for medical documentation. This security standard is popularly known as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), which has been made available to provide leading security features to the customers.

Complying with these standards made MSB Docs one of the most secure e-signing solutions available in the market. Detailed and defensible audit trails offered to every client ensure their accountability at every step. The tamper-proof seal adds up another layer of protection to the documents.

All in all, the security of customer data is the highest priority for MSB Docs. So, get connected with MSB Docs and help your enterprises remain secure and compliant at each step.