Fears patient records are vulnerable to hacker attack as NHS trials putting data in online ‘cloud’ 2


The Daily Mail reports:

Patient records are to be stored on the internet for the first time prompting concern confidential data could be vulnerable to attacks by hackers.

The NHS is trialing a new way of storing patient’s medical records which could spell the end of paper records kept at individual GP surgeries.

From next month Chelsea and Westminster Hospital will pilot the scheme for two years – storing data in an online ‘computing cloud’ in cyberspace.

It is hoped the scheme will one day allow doctors to access a patient’s notes from anywhere in the world.

However, it has prompted fears over data security and the whether the information could be targeted by internet hackers.