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The real victim in health data breaches? Patients’ medical identities

As data breaches become increasingly common in various industries, the healthcare sector is facing its own problems, including the rise in medical fraud. Hackers can use patients’ data obtained from breaches to create synthetic identities and commit fraud in the healthcare system. Healthcare organizations often claim that there is no evidence of data misuse, but this cannot be known for certain. It is crucial for healthcare providers to conduct regular data inventories and prioritize cybersecurity measures to protect patient data effectively. Patients can also take steps to protect themselves against medical fraud by staying vigilant and reviewing their medical records regularly. Additionally, there is a need for a federal standard around privacy to ensure comprehensive protection of data.

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