One-third of hospitals and practices report ID theft

December 3, 2010

One-third of 272 hospitals and practices surveyed that use an electronic health record system reported at least 1 known case of medical identity theft at their organization, according to results from HIMSS.

One-third of 272 hospitals and practices surveyed that use an electronic health record system reported at least 1 known case of medical identity theft at their organization, according to results released in November by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Staff members working for a medical practice were much less likely to report that a medical identity theft occurred at their organization (17%) when compared with a hospital organization (38%), according to results. Respondents working for medical practices were twice as likely to report that their organization does not conduct a risk analysis compared with those that work at a hospital (33% vs. 14%).