A former U.S. health care employee has used the tool to keep his medical records private and protected from the Internet.
Inova Health, a nonprofit health care organization based in Washington, D.C., was caught by cybercriminals stealing millions of patient records from its database, according to a federal lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.K. Federal Court, says Inova’s employees were unable to get their records back when they tried to use a computer to log in to the agency’s Web site or the email account of a person they were emailing or texting.
The lawsuit says Inva failed to notify the organization that the records had been stolen, and instead made it seem like the stolen records had never been accessed.
The breach is one of a number of breaches of medical records that has shaken medical technology companies and raised concerns about the integrity of the health care industry.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has said it will recommend reforms that will ensure that health care workers and patients can keep their personal health records private.
Office of National Statistics says there were more than 1,000 data breaches of health care data between November 2012 and June 2017.
The Inova case is not the first time hackers have targeted health care organizations.
In August, the U-K.
government charged that hackers broke into the medical records of more than 300,000 U. K. patients, some of whom were in the process of undergoing procedures.
The complaint says the Inova breach was caused by a single individual, identified as the “entity that is responsible for accessing the patient data,” which is not a real name.
The individual accessed the information on behalf of the entity.