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PPV: Medical identity theft raises new questions for EHRs

HIM-HIPAA Insider, May 8, 2007

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In the electronic world, medical identity theft--including theft involving insurance information--is a game-changing phenomenon. Not only does this type of theft rob patients of their identities, it also compromises the integrity of medical records, either through fraudulent claim submission or fraudulent insurance use. Thieves can change blood type, prescription, disease history, and psychological history information. Medical identity theft is an information crime that can bring physical-even-life threatening-harm to its victim. With the boost in information-sharing, this healthcare-related crime is drawing plenty of attention from the American public and mainstream media. In fact, the media and watchdog groups are already asking new questions.

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