Health Information Management

HHS releases final medical identity theft report

HIM-HIPAA Insider, February 2, 2009

On January 15, HHS released a report on medical identity theft that it hopes will help prevent, detect, and remediate medical identify theft, according to the HHS Web site.

Some of the major findings from the report include:

  • The consumer should be the key focus for consideration of prevention, detection, and remediation of medical identity theft
  • Although there has been an increased awareness of medical identity theft, there is limited knowledge about its scope
  • Health information technology has a role in addressing the problem of medical identity theft

“Medical identity theft is an issue that has the potential of having significant healthcare and financial implications for all healthcare stakeholders,” the report says. “Although the true magnitude of the problem remains to be quantified, the information that is available on current cases is serious enough to demand a look at what can be done now and what can be done in the future to better understand the problem.”

Read the full report on the HHS Web site.

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