The reason healthcare records are so valuable to cyber thieves is quite simple: health records never die. Unlike credit cards which can be cancelled and replaced quickly after a breach, you cannot cancel your health records. They are with you forever. Health records are the gift that keeps on giving which is why their street value to a hacker is many times the value of a credit card number.
The impact on the patient can be devastating both economically and physically. The information contained in these records can enable