Govâ€™t. should lead in reducing medical ID theft: report
Joseph Conn / HITS staff writer reports:
Both patients and information technology systems should play a role in detecting and reducing medical identity theft, but the federal government has a part to play as well, researching and organizing a national response to the problem, authors of a government-funded study have concluded.
National security and defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton released the report last week, the third phase in a $450,000 study funded by the Office of the National Coordinator at HHS to â€œimprove its understanding of the issue and the role health information technology may play.â€
The final phase is the 26-page Booz Allen report. It contains recommendations for a national policy on medical identity theft, which the report defines as the misuse, with or without their knowledge, of one personâ€™s personal information, such as the name, date of birth, Social Security number and insurance policy number to obtain or bill for medical goods or services.
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