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.
In recent years, utilities, credit card issuers and banks have made a real effort to redesign their statements so they’re easier for their customers to understand. In many cases they’ve succeeded, and I’m grateful. But for some reason, my health insurer (Anthem Blue Cross) has continued to to send me the same kind of inscrutable… Read More
It was announced recently that nearly 5,000,000 patient records of military personnel were stolen. There was no elaborate hacking, and no technical skill was required on the part of the thieves—some tapes containing these records were stolen from a car belonging to an employee of SAIC who was prosaically transporting them between federal facilities in San… Read More
Over the past few months, Ohio University announced that there had been several separate breaches of its computer systems exposing 367,000 files which contained Social Security numbers, names, medical records and/or home addresses.