News Release: Medical ID Theft Reports are up More Than 61 Percent

March 4, 2013 


World Privacy Forum Speaks Out About Risks to Patients From Medical ID Theft

Today, Newsday published an article quoting World Privacy Forum and reporting that medical identity theft, a crime the World Privacy Forum brought to public attention for the first time in 2005, has increased by 61.5 percent. The article also quoted Pam Dixon, the nation’s foremost medical ID theft expert, on how electronic health records can increase patients’ risk of medical ID theft.

“I urge all patients to proactively get a copy of their medical records, prior to having a medical ID theft problem. After the fact, it is very challenging to return your medical files to a fully accurate state,” said Pam Dixon.

The World Privacy Forum is the leading medical ID theft research and consumer education organization. Our copious materials, reports, guides, tips, sample letters, and more can be found at our Medical ID Theft Page.