Medical identity theft increased by 21% between 2013 and 2014, adding an estimated 500,000 Americans to the 2 million who have been victimized over the past 5 years, according to a new report from a research firm specializing in privacy management. And if that weren’t bad enough, findings by the Ponemon Institute, which completed its study in November 2014, do not include statistics from the recently announced massive records breach of Anthem customers, which could affect as many as 80 million Americans.
In its fifth annual study of medical identity theft, Ponemon analyzed surveys from 1,005 respondents across the United States who had experienced theft. The survey asked not just about the costs and circumstances around instances of theft 2013–2104, but about respondents’ attitudes toward their health care providers’ security practices. Among the findings