Health care organizations need to proactively protect themselves and their employees because if there is a breach, their employees and patients could both be victims.

Medical identity theft is on the rise and hackers are being more creative about obtaining personal medical information.

Providing a comprehensive set of services around identity theft protection is a key focus for enterprises everywhere. Although you have solid security policies, your employees are still exposed due to the nature of the digital world we live in.

A fraudster could use your employee’s health insurance information to receive services, which could then cause the employee’s own medical records to get compromised. This could trigger prescription fraud, inaccurate medical records, and just a massive headache for your employee.

Here are five tips to help your employees protect their medical information:

Track medical records and check for mistakes.

Read medical and insurance statements regularly and completely.

Monitor where and when personal medical information is provided.

Keep paper and electronic copies of medical records and health insurance records in a safe place.

Look for medical organizations that follow the “Red Flags Rule.”

Medical identity theft is dangerous, and the impact on an organization can be substantial. The good news is that protection solutions combatting medical identity theft are becoming more widely known and adopted. Businesses — including health care providers such as hospitals, integrated care payer-providers such as Kaiser Permanente, insurers, credit companies, and digital security companies — formed the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance to help prevent medical identity theft.

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By Tulsa Finance, September 309, 2017