Criminals are using health records to commit medical identity theft, a crime that causes even more suffering than financial identity theft.

Think having credit cards or a mortgage opened in your name is a nightmare? Maybe, but it’s nothing compared to what victims of medical identity theft have suffered. Victims of this crime often suffer from financial fraud, just like those who have their credit cards compromised, says Ann Patterson, program director of the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance.

Resolving medical identity fraud is much more difficult than cleaning up a case of financial ID theft.

Whether you have just received a discomfiting letter from your health care provider that a data breach has occurred, or you simply want to head off this kind of life disruption before it happens, here are seven steps you can take to protect yourself from medical ID theft.

  • Read Your Mail
  • Review Your Medical Records
  • Ask About Safeguards
  • Don’t Always Do as You’re Told
  • Treat Health Information Like Financial Information
  • Use Monitoring Services When Offered
  • Be Careful What You Tell Your App

Click here to read the full article and learn more details about the above steps.

October 28, 2016 By Carrie Kirby, WiseBread