If your medical information is lost or stolen from your doctor, don't expect to hear about it
Going to a new doctor with my husband is always a bit of a dicey experience. First, he's not thrilled with anyone fussing over him. And second, he's particularly conscious about the issues of identity theft. Because a doctor's office always wants to take copies of a drivers' license (along with other detailed personal information), he gets a bit cranky.
Fortunately, he's a healthy dude and fairly comfortable with our general practitioner, so we don't have to experience this particular push-me-pull-you particularly often.
That's good, because what I'm about to tell you would help him work up a full head of steam. According to a study by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a full third of hospitals and medical practices said they had had an incident of medical identity theft.
Most never reported it.
It gets far worse when you look at individual medical practices. According to the study, only 17% of those working in a medical practice -- and that's not only doctors' offices, that's labs, outpatient services, and other facilities -- only 17% said they were likely to report an incident of medical identity theft.
Working in a medical facility is challenging work, but as we move forward into the digital age, our medical practitioners better step up to the plate and care as much for our identities as they do for our innards.