Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Iris Scan No Solution to Insider Theft

Identity theft can leave healthcare organizations with unpaid bills and many are turning to biometric methods, such as iris scans, to prevent data breaches.

But some experts, including Pam Dixon, of the World Privacy Forum, say electronic records make it easier to steal many identities at once, and using biometrics will not deter an insider. “You can scam this just as you scam an ID card," she said and gave a recent example.

"Iris scanning isn’t foolproof. Medical identity theft is often an inside job, with employees of health-care providers stealing and selling the information." - Pam Dixon, Executive Director, World Privacy Forum
In 2007, a Cleveland Clinic Florida employee pleaded guilty to improperly obtaining information about more than 1,000 patients and selling it to her cousin. The data was used to submit $7 million in bills to the Medicare program.

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Sources:
(a) Iris Scans Seen Shrinking $7 Billion Medical Data Breach: Health - Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 04/28/2013

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