Health Information Management

Implement safeguards to prevent medical identity theft

HIM-HIPAA Insider, February 3, 2009

You’ve undoubtedly seen the headlines and silently hoped it wouldn’t happen to your organization. The stories are not uncommon—unscrupulous attorneys who buy copies of medical records from hospital employees, theft or loss of laptop computers containing protected health information (PHI), theft or loss of backup tapes with sensitive health information, or medical records found in dumpsters or alongside a busy freeway after they’ve blown out of a truck transporting them to a recycling facility.

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