[ISN] How can healthcare providers prevent medical identity fraud?

http://healthitsecurity.com/2013/09/17/how-can-healthcare-providers-prevent-medical-identity-fraud/ By Patrick Ouellette Health IT Security September 17, 2013 The 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft conducted by Ponemon Institute revealed some stark medical identity theft issues and offered some tips to patients looking to avoid identity fraud, but there was useful information for healthcare organizations trying to reduce fraud as well. The survey, conducted by Ponemon in concert with the new Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) and ID Experts, estimated that medical identity theft affects 1.84 million people in the U.S. They also determined that there are serious monetary repercussions for medical identity theft, as victims are estimated to lose more than $12.3 billion in out-of-pocket expenses. So, knowing now that 50 percent of respondents said they do not take any steps to protect themselves from future medical identity theft and many incidents are preventable, what can organizations do to prevent identity fraud? Considering 48 percent of respondents said their identity theft case still has not been resolved, the study indicates that organizations must continue to help patients avoid hackers and identity thieves. Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute, explained that though healthcare organizations are improving in this area, there is still room for improvement. […]