The 3 Types of Your Health Data That Aren’t Private

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The 3 Types of Your Health Data That Aren’t Private

The 3 Types of Your Health Data That Aren’t Private

Measuring and managing your health is more do-it-yourself than ever, but health privacy law hasn’t caught up to the technology. That’s the subject of an investigative series from ProPublica, and the newest installment looks at everyday medical and fitness tools that aren’t legally bound to keep your information private. The story recounts the experience of... Read More

The Medical Identity Theft Apocalypse? Fear the Walking Files

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The Medical Identity Theft Apocalypse? Fear the Walking Files

The Medical Identity Theft Apocalypse? Fear the Walking Files

Criminal cyber attacks on healthcare information repositories have increased 125% since 2010. With the announcement of the Excellus breach last week, the total number of big-headline medical information compromises reported in 2015 (such as Anthem, Primera, Carefirst) had crossed the mind-blowing demarcation line of 100 million files. The Excellus breach exposed the names of clients... Read More

3 Things to Look Out for If You’re a Victim of the Premera Breach

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3 Things to Look Out for If You’re a Victim of the Premera Breach

3 Things to Look Out for If You’re a Victim of the Premera Breach

Premera Blue Cross, a health insurer serving patients in Washington and Alaska, announced Tuesday it was the target of a cyberattack that accessed millions of customers’ personal, financial and medical information. An investigation reportedly discovered the attack began May 5, 2014. According to its website, Premera Blue Cross serves 1.8 million people in the U.S., though... Read More

What’s the Most Dangerous Kind of Identity Theft?

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What’s the Most Dangerous Kind of Identity Theft?

What’s the Most Dangerous Kind of Identity Theft?

Like the thieves behind the crime, identity theft can take on many disguises depending on the information stolen. When identity theft goes undetected, these crimes can not only cost victims their money, but also their health and well-being. It’s nearly impossible to avoid identity theft, but awareness and vigilance are key to fixing the problem... Read More

4 Things Your Doctor Doesn’t Need to Know

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4 Things Your Doctor Doesn’t Need to Know

4 Things Your Doctor Doesn’t Need to Know

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

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