The personal information could include an individual’s name, date of birth; Social Security number; mailing address; telephone number; member-identification number; financial-account information; and claims information, Excellus said.
In the medical field, accurate and comprehensive patient data is critical for health professionals to provide adequate care. As medical organizations have moved their data infrastructures online, doctors and nurses are able to share information easily and quickly. While these technological developments allow for better healthcare, consumers may be more at risk due to the potential loss, theft, or sale of their personal health information
One of the main threats posed by a comprehensive medical record is medical identity theft, which occurs when someone uses an individual’s name and personal identity to fraudulently receive healthcare. In 2014, more than 2.3 million adult Americans or their close family members became medical identity theft victims, an increase of about 22 percent from the year previous….
Everyone worries about stolen credit cards or hacked bank accounts, but just visiting the doctor may put you at greater risk for identity fraud.
Those medical forms you give the receptionist and send to your health insurer provide fertile ground for criminals looking to steal your identity, since health care businesses can lag far behind banks and credit card companies in protecting sensitive information.
Cyber attackers have increasingly turned their attention to health care providers, of which nearly 90-percent were hacked over the course of the last two years.
The growing number of cyber attacks against the health care industry is said to cost $6 billion annually, marking a trend where hackers shift focus from financial institutions and retailers to those with medical records. All in all, these attacks are said to have doubled in the United States over the last half decade….