Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bloomberg - How Your Medical Privacy is Stolen

Bloomberg's article on medical data privacy explains why medical records fetch $50 a piece on the black market - because few other documents contain as much private data as a health record.

Medical records can include a full name, date of birth, Social Security number, insurance provider, account numbers, credit-card numbers, employer information, and detailed medical diagnosis.

The Bloomberg article points out 10 ways your medical data privacy can be breached, here is just one:
"The staffs at hospitals and the doctor's office aren't always looking out for your best interests. Employees have been caught using patient information to file bogus medical claims and tax returns, create "ghost" employees, sell to gang members and pry into the lives of celebrities.." - Bloomberg
Bloomberg points out that medical providers are breached more than other types of organizations, including retailers and the government. In fact the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit consumer rights group, has documented 690 breaches medical providers since 2005. That involves a total of 23 million medical records.
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Sources:
(a) 10 Ways to Lose Your Medical Records - Bloomberg, May 15, 2012
(b) What Happens When My Health Data Falls Into the Wrong Hands - Bloomberg, May 15, 2012

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