The man’s credentials were used to order a heart procedure he had not undergone

the healthcare industry is becoming a much riper target because of the ability to sell large batches of personal data for profit

Hospitals have low security, so it’s relatively easy for these hackers to get a large amount of personal data for medical fraud.

The data for sale includes names, birth dates, policy numbers, diagnosis codes and billing information

Fraudsters use this data to create fake IDs to buy medical equipment or drugs that can be resold, or they combine a patient number with a false provider number and file made-up claims with insurers

Stolen health credentials can go for $10 each, about 10 or 20 times the value of a U.S. credit card number

Consumers sometimes discover their credentials have been stolen only after fraudsters use their personal medical ID to impersonate them and obtain health services. When the unpaid bills are sent on to debt collectors, they track down the fraud victims and seek payment

one patient learned that his records at a major hospital chain were compromised after he started receiving bills related to a heart procedure he had not undergone. The man’s credentials were also used to buy a mobility scooter and several pieces of medical equipment, racking up tens of thousands of dollars in total fraud.

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