Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Report: California AG on Curbing Medical ID Theft

The California Attorney General (AG), Kamala Harris,released recommendations to prevent, detect and reduce medical identity theft.

As electronic health record (EHR) use increases identity theft is not just a financial issue but a quality of care issue as incorrect demographic, diagnosis and treatment data can be in a patient’s EHR.

"As the Affordable Care Act encourages the move to electronic [health] records, the health care industry has an opportunity to improve public health and combat medical identity theft with forward-looking policies and the strategic use of technology."
- Kamala Harris, California State Attorney General
The AG's report outlines a number of steps to combat the identity theft problem including "forward-looking policies and the strategic use of technology." One such technology is SaaS analytics services to proactively detect patient data privacy breaches, even by authorized users.
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Sources:
(a) California AG Releases Report on Curbing Medical Identity Theft - www.CaliforniaHealthLine.org, 10/22/2013

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