California Attorney General Kamala Harris has issued a report containing recommendations for preventing, detecting and mitigating the effects of medical identity theft.

As electronic health records become more prevalent, identity theft is not just a financial issue for victims but a quality of care issue as incorrect demographic, diagnosis and treatment data can be in a patient’s EHR. Nearly half of medical identity theft victims shared their information with a relative or friend to help them receive medical treatment, according to a recent survey by the Ponemon Institute. Those numbers should fall, Harris notes, as more uninsured and underinsured individuals receive coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

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