According to Homeland Security Today, your medical record is worth more to hackers than your credit card numbers. On the black market, medical information sells for 10-20 times more money than credit card details. And with the large number of antiquated computer systems still in use, cyber criminals are increasingly targeting the US healthcare industry.

After the medical information is sold—names, birthdates, policy numbers, billing codes, and billing information—it is used to create fake IDs to carry out a number of fraudulent acts. These include buying medical equipment and reselling prescription drugs.

To reduce the spread of identity theft and fraud, some hospitals are implementing palm scanners in addition to updating computer systems. “Palm scanning is 100% more accurate than fingerprints,” CIO of NYU Langone Medical Center Nader Mherabi explains in this CBS News article. This is because vein patterns in the hand are more unique than fingerprints, even between identical twins.  The incorporation of palm scans with electronic medical records and a photo ID allows for more accurate and efficient patient processing.

Nader reminds us that “[cyber]security is an evolving thing” and hospitals need to “stay ahead of the game.” To make sure your company is on track, contact Preparis for a variety of cybersecurity offerings, including vulnerability testing and customized tabletops.

Marlia Fontaine-Weisse is the Content Manager for Preparis.