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The theft of healthcare records is one of the more insidious crimes. Credit cards and even Amazon accounts have very obvious concerns: the financial data contained within can be used immediately and capitalized upon. However, the theft of information relating to credit cards can also be tracked immediately and rectified. The same is not true of healthcare records. There is no way to immediately verify that healthcare information has been stolen or improperly accessed, and thus no way to identify and limit its use before major damage can be done.
A sudden increase in medical record theft must be matched by either a growing market for such data or a new application with which to use said data. It would be easy to commit healthcare fraud by using someone's stolen records-- one need only apply to insurance programs, create falsified documentation, and then capitalize by applying for drugs or equipment via insurance providers. This subsidizes the cost of otherwise inaccessible products (drugs, equipment) and allows for maximum profit to be earned upon resale.
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Jan 18th, 2016
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