Monday, June 25, 2012

WSJ - Electronic Medical Records Enable Medical Identity Theft

Over the weekend the Wall Street Journal highlighted the downside of electronic medical records.

"But for all the hype about electronic records, little attention has been paid to what some say is a serious weak spot: When those sensitive bits and bytes fall into the wrong hands, it's often patients who feel the pain."

"A medical identity thief, for example, might use a stolen insurance card to submit false claims in order to get cash back -- which can cause the real insurance holder to be saddled with a higher insurance premium, or even left on the hook for fraudulent medical bills."
"Unlike the case with credit cards, there are no industry measures to limit consumer liability in medical-record fraud." - Harry Rhodes, director of practice leadership for the American Health Information Management Association,
"Deven McGraw, director of the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington, D.C., advises consumers to guard their health insurance cards the way they would their credit cards and to carefully review their statements of insurance benefits."
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Sources:
(a) A Risky Rx for Your Digital Records - Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2012

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