Medical Identity Theft

Medical identity theft is a specific type of identity theft which occurs when a person uses someone else's personal health identifiable information, such as insurance information, Social Security Number, health care file, or medical records, without the individual's knowledge or consent to obtain medical goods or services, or to submit false claims for medical services. There is limited information available about the scope, depth, and breadth of medical identity theft.


HIMSS Data on Medical Identity Theft
HIMSS, working with HIMSS Analytics, has conducted a survey of healthcare organizations regarding security implementation practices and technology uses. The HIMSS Security Survey, supported by the Medical Group Management Association and underwritten by Experian® Data Breach Resolution, was conducted to provide the industry with a source of trend data on the implementation of security in healthcare as well as to provide information on threats such as medical identity theft. Read the detailed survey results on medical identity theft and view the secuirty survey infographic.

Medical Identity Theft White Paper
Medical identity theft has been called one of the fastest growing crimes in America. The HIMSS Privacy and Security Task Force recently published a White Paper "Creating a Trusted Environment: Reducing the Threat of Medical Identity Theft." that examines the ways in which individuals and entities involved in the delivery of healthcare services, supplies and equipment can effectively safeguard their patients’ Protected Health Information (PHI) without inconveniencing the patient or disrupting workflows.

Identity Theft Resource Center
The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) is a non-profit organization that provides identity theft victim assistance to U.S. consumers as well as educational resources for consumers, corporations, government agencies and other organizations on best practices for fraud and identity theft detection, reduction and mitigation. The ITRC has several fact sheets, form letters and other educational resources related to medical identity theft.

Medical Identity Theft Fraud Alliance
The Medical Identity Theft Fraud Alliance (MIFA) is a cooperative public/private sector effort created specifically to unite all stakeholders in jointly developing solutions and best practices for the prevention, detection and remediation of medical identity fraud.