Patient identity mix-ups can be disastrous, according to both common sense and statistics. A new report by the ECRI Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to improving patient care, revealed more than 7,600 cases of “wrong-patient” errors over a two-and-a-half-year period. In […]

Thieves use insurance information for surgeries, prescription. Medical identity theft is a crime on the rise. Nearly 2.5 million cases were reported in 2014, an increase of 20 percent from the year before. A stolen medical identity can ruin finances, […]

When thieves take your personal data to get prescription drugs, doctor care, or surgery, it can endanger your health and trash your finances. It began like an ordinary purse snatching. The credit card reader on the gas pump at her […]

Thieves have discovered that medical IDs have far greater value to them than credit card data. Oncology practices should protect themselves from the danger of having their IT systems hacked by having a risk analysis done to identify potential access […]

Protecting patients’ identities Medical identity theft: Part 2 Editor’s note: This is part two of a series about medical identity theft. Look for part one in the July issue of Briefings On HIPAA. PHI is a bankable commodity. Hackers steal […]

Or will it be too little, too late? If you’re not yet old enough to qualify for Medicare coverage, you may not realize that Medicare cards are distinctly old-fashioned: They are simply laminated cards that openly display that most traditional […]

Medical Identity Theft on the Rise The clues are subtle but critical: Perhaps you get a bill for urgent care services you never received. Or upon reviewing your medical record through a patient portal, you see a diagnosis of back […]

Protecting patients’ identities Medical identity theft: Part 1 Editor’s note: This is part one of a series about medical identity theft. Look for part two in August’s issue of Briefings on HIPAA. Privacy and security officers are sitting on a […]

Hacker Takes Credit for Theft of Data on 655,000 Patients A hacker is reportedly selling on the dark web copies of databases stolen from three unidentified U.S. healthcare organizations containing data on 655,000 individuals for prices ranging from about $96,000 […]

Identity theft doesn’t just mean that thieves can rack up bills for things like clothes, food and gas; a stolen identity or credit card can also result in huge medical bills for services that you never received. Resolving these bills […]