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JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU’VE HEARD IT ALL
Identity Theft = two very scary words. Everyone knows those words. Everyone fears them. Everyone is vulnerable. HIPPA = five very scary initials. All hell breaks loose when healthcare privacy is breached. But even the best of intentions can be compromised by fraud.
Such was the case of a data breach at the Raleigh (NC) Orthopedic Clinic that occurred when the firm hired to transfer old X-ray films into electronic format … didn’t. Instead the films were passed on to a recycling company that is believed to have harvested the silver. The films had identifying information on each film — full patient name and date of birth — so it’s anybody’s call if the information was more valuable or if the silver was more valuable. In all, 17,300 patient’s were compromised.