In an LA Times article called ID Theft Infects Medical Records Joseph Menn tells several terrifying stories of people who have had their identities stolen by other people who have used them to get medical care. Not only does this give those people the nightmare of having to try to deal with bills and insurance hassles (as if they weren’t bad enough already) for medical care that was done to someone else, but it also means that false information arrives on their medical records. One victim went ot the hospital for a heart attack and was nearly treated for diabetes she didn’t have. That could of course be fatal, if a healthy person was given insulin, for example.
Lots to think about for health care organizations and the rest of us in this article so read it all!