Watch an episode of SVU, Law & Order or CSI on TV, and you’re bound to hear about doctor-patient confidentiality in hushed, almost reverent terms. Go to a new doctor’s office and, amidst all the other paperwork, you’ll be asked to sign a form enumerating your federally-mandated medical privacy rights. Call a hospital to check… Read More
When hospitals find themselves in the middle of a breach, they usually prioritize improving their security to prevent further security breach incidents. In addition to defending themselves against data breaches, health systems also need to find the right balance to adequately protect their patients’ privacy. Since medical information is stored digitally, patients may not be fully aware how… Read More
While 2013 rounded out the year with some pretty astounding data breaches (i.e. Target and Neiman Marcus), 2014 is already chock full of more compromised information. And the biggest breach of the year so far is due to a government error. The personal information of more than 48,000 North Carolina children was compromised when their… Read More
It’s the biggest change in health care in nearly half a century, and perhaps unsurprisingly it’s already become a tool for scammers. Though open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) doesn’t begin until Oct. 1, scam artists – masquerading as government representatives — have tricked a number of consumers into coughing up personal… Read More
Of all the places where people want to feel secure and protected, hospitals must certainly rank at the top. But even those who aren’t afraid of being poked and prodded have something to worry about: hospitals are a growing scene for identity theft and fraud. The fraud that’s happening in hospitals isn’t simple, either. In… Read More
These days, consumers may pay a lot of attention to the ways in which they face potential problems related to identity theft, such as credit card fraud or someone gaining access to their personal information. However, experts say medical identity theft is just as big a problem. Because more medical data is now being stored… Read More
Approximately 1.85 million Americans were affected by medical identity theft in 2012—up from 1.49 million in 2011, according to the Third Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft published by the Ponemon Institute, LLC in June.
An overwhelming majority of healthcare providers—96 percent—admit that they have lost patients’ medical data in the last two years, according to a newly released study. And the number of medical data breaches surged 32 percent in 2011, a worrisome trend as the healthcare industry pushes to digitize all medical records. According to the study, published… Read More
How prevalent is medical identity theft? Why are Americans so indifferent toward it (at their peril)? And what can consumers do to protect themselves from medical identity theft? A recent national study claims to answer these questions. The National Study on Medical Identity Theft by the Poneman Institute, a California based think tank, concludes that… Read More
If you’re over 65, you’re one of the 44 million people who are easy targets for ID thieves. Why? Because Uncle Sam emblazons your Social Security number — in full — right on your Medicare card. And it’s not the kind of card that you’re supposed to leave at home.