1.5 Million Singaporean’s Health Data Hacked Including PM Lee’s Medical Record

SingHealth Data Hacked  | Source: BBC World News

Hackers have stolen personal data in Singapore belonging to some 1.5 million people, or about a quarter of the population, officials say. They broke into the government health database in a “deliberate, targeted and well-planned” attack, according to a government statement. Those targeted visited clinics between 1 May 2015 and 4 July of this year. Data taken include names and addresses but not medical records, other than medicines dispensed in some cases.

Personal info of 1.5m SingHealth patients, including PM Lee, stolen in Singapore’s worst cyber attack

The data of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, including information on his outpatient dispensed medicines, was “specifically and repeatedly targeted”. Mr Lee has survived cancer twice.

How were systems breached?

It appears that a computer belonging to SingHealth, one of the state’s two major government healthcare groups, was infected with malware through which the hackers gained access to the database. They struck some time between 27 June and 4 July, according to the government.

SingHealth has temporarily banned staff from accessing the internet on all 28,000 of its work computers, according to the Straits Times.

The move is aimed at plugging leaks from work e-mails and shared documents as well as guarding against possible cyber-attacks. Other public healthcare institutions are expected to do the same.

How Blockchain and HealthFX could have prevented this cyber attack

In response to the recent events, we have sought expert opinion on patient data security and have interviewed the CEO, Mr Varun Panjwani of HealthFX, a Singapore Healthtech company that is using Blockchain Technology to secure patient’s critical medical records and data.

“The unfortunate targeted hacking, with 1.5m+ patients and thousands of healthcare administrative members being affected, illustrates the need for a smarter and more secure medical records infrastructure.

The blockchain technology provides these exact benefits, an area that we at HealthFX are pioneering. The power of blockchain is one the can transform the patient-provider relation, where the positive experience goes beyond service and is a combination of data security ( data held by the patient, encrypted by a unique key), smart patient-provider matching, permission based view of medical history and efficient insurance claims processing for all stakeholders.

Our 8+ years of industry operations and relations with all top tier regional Hospitals has provided us the unique insights to build a platform that addresses issues highlighted by our partners. “

-Mr Varun Panjwani

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