Friday, August 22, 2014

Medical Assistant Gulity of Patient ID Thefts

A Hollywood Florida medical assistant has pleaded guilty to stealing about 2,000 patient identities while at work, identities she knew would be used to file fraudulent tax returns.

The patient data the medical assistant stole included names, dates of birth, and social security numbers

"[She] sold an individual approximately 2,000 identities...the individual told her that he used the identities to file fraudulent tax returns."
- CBS News
It is unclear over what period of time the identity thefts occurred and how they were discovered. Healthcare organizations can proactively detect identity thefts and privacy data breaches with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Hollywood Medical Assistant Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft - www.CBS.com, 08/14/2014

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