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Experts Talk Medical ID Theft Cause and Effect

IDENTITY THEFT—U.S.

October 17, 2011

A PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study found that one-third of healthcare organizations have experienced patients misidentifying themselves in order to obtain services, and, according to an American Medical News report, experts say the repercussions of--and the privacy challenges surrounding--medical ID theft will grow alongside electronic records sharing. Jim Koenig, CIPP, of PwC notes that medical ID theft is the fastest growing segment of identity theft, and Larry Ponemon, CIPP, of the Ponemon Institute says that nearly half of these are willing "victims" who have lent their identity to another to get needed services. The PwC report recommends ways that organizations can prevent the misuse, including deputizing "all workers as privacy champions."
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