Reprinted from REPORT ON PATIENT PRIVACY, the industry’s most practical source of news on HIPAA patient privacy provisions.
By Liana Heitin, Editor
With many legislators, law enforcement officials, and privacy experts now calling it the fastest-growing type of crime, medical identity theft has emerged as a forefront issue for health care providers.
And while ID theft may conjure images of hackers overriding systems with sophisticated technology, the reality is that stealing health care information is generally a low-tech endeavor. Stepping into 2010, health care providers should be vigilant about the physical safekeeping of portable tech equipment and take a hard look at their employee hiring and training practices.
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