[ Wednesday, May 07, 2008 ]
PHI is a Data Thief's Gold Mine:
As this article
in USA Today points out, data thieves know that medical information is a good place to find the information they need to steal your identity. There are two branches of this to be aware of: the thieves who get your social security number and other information to set up bogus credit cards and otherwise access your credit and/or accounts for their own benefit, and the thieves who pretend to be you so they can piggyback on your insurance coverage. The latter style of thief is the most dangerous, since you might come to find that your medical record is wrong, since it's full of someone else's medical information.
Jeff [9:38 AM]
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