Data breaches have become increasingly more targeted and sophisticated, and caused by hacking and cyber criminals. Learn more about the vulnerability of medical records and what organizations can do. By Pamela Lewis Dolan amednews staff – Posted on July 29, 2013 Click here to read the full article and learn more.

A Decade of Data Breach First identified as an industry issue a decade ago, data breaches are now part of the consumer vocabulary. Check out this infographic from ID Experts, A Decade of Data Breach…An Evolution. Data breaches have evolved from credit card fraud with financial consequences to medical identity theft with life-threatening implications. According to leading experts, the frequency, severity, and impact of data breaches are expected to escalate. Industry experts forecast top trends in data breach, privacy, and security: Global criminals. Criminals are now globally connected and increasingly part of organized crime rings. Rick Kam, president and co-founder, ID Experts Advanced persistent […]

First identified as an industry issue a decade ago, in 2003, data breaches are now part of the consumer vocabulary. Data breaches have evolved from credit card fraud with financial consequences to medical identity theft with life-threatening implications. According to leading industry experts, the frequency, severity, and impact of data breaches are expected to escalate, with the looming threats of organized crime, corporate espionage, and cyberterrorism. Click here to download this info graphic.

The FBI estimates that healthcare fraud is costing American taxpayers up to $234 billion annually. A stolen medical identity has a significantly higher street value than other personally identifiable information, such as a social security number.

Conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA), the Fourth Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft is in the final stages of completion. This annual study is designed to measure the extent and impact of medical identity theft in the United States on the healthcare industry and consumers. The results of this research will be one of MIFA’s first industry deliverables.