Data breaches are a growing problem. So far in 2015 alone, there have been more than 32 health data breaches as a result of hacking, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. These breaches typically disclose sensitive personal information, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth and data about patients’ health insurance and other medical information.
Though medical identity theft cannot be completely prevented, there are steps to help minimize your risks. Read about them in this Healthcare Watch column at the Los Angeles Times.