The Department of Health & Human Services is warning healthcare facilities that the Health Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS) many use to share patient data and medical images are vulnerable to hackers, reports Health IT Security.

“In 2019, researchers disclosed a vulnerability in these systems that demonstrated if the systems were exploited there could potentially be an issue with exposed patient data,” the report states. “These systems, which can be easily identified and compromised by hackers over the Internet, can provide unauthorized access and expose patient records.” 

“There continues to be several unpatched PACS servers visible and HC3 is recommending entities patch their systems immediately.” 

Read more in Health IT Security.