The Opioid crisis has caused mass addiction of prescription painkillers. Tens of thousands have died from this. Families have been broken apart. Children have been born addicted. It has stretched the social support network we have to its breaking point. A major reason for this was the manipulation of a popular Electronic Health Records (EHR) system, Practice Fusion, on behalf of a pharmaceutical company. The US Department of Justice singled out the marketing department of an Opioid manufacturer for paying approximately $1M to change a decision support tool used by physicians, a Clinical Decision Support alert, to recommend their opioid products as part of treatment plans. This led to the unnecessary prescription of opioids to tens of thousands of patients and helped fuel a major crisis.
By Mitchell Parker
Full Abstract & Presentation Materials: https://www.blackhat.com/us-20/briefings/schedule/#the-dark-side-of-the-cloud—how-a-lack-of-emr-security-controls-helped-amplify-the-opioid-crisis-19398