Thousands of NHS medical images found ‘unprotected’ on web

30 September 2019 – Digital Health

There is now an investigation into how thousands of patients medical images were found accessible on the internet.

Six UK systems storing x-rays, MRI and CT scans were found to be allowing unprotected access to anyone with a web browser, according to German security firm Greenbone Networks.

Around 1,500 patient records were publicly accessible along with more than 5,000 medical images. Over 13,000 medical images in the UK were found to be unprotected.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the NHS are investigating.


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